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BROWN 

ALUMNI MONTHLY 






Under the Elms 14 

Coinmencenienc #229: 

Gregorian "s valedictory. . . 

a new memorial for old wars . . . 

batduig AIDS. . . IBM's CEO 

. . . revamping student discipline . . . 

debating academic freedom 

. . . and more. 



DEPARTMENTS 




Here & Now 


4 


Carrying the Mail 


5 


Sports 


22 


Bests and Worsts of 1996-97 




Studentside 


23 


Home Deliverv 




By .\Linlicu' Gi(i;o//" 'gS 





Books 

TlicAi1lj-oiidiKks:A History of 
Aiiwridi's First Wilderness, 
by Paul Schneider '84 
Rct'ieu'cd by Xortiuiii Boiulier 

The Classes 
Obituaries 
Finally. . . 

Beyond Ambition 
By Allison Gaines 'g6 



46 
69 

72 



Mission Accomplished 26 

Vartan Gregorian is leaving Brown a dilTerent place than when 
he came. The endowment's up, the campus looks good, and the 
University is brmiming with conficience. By Marc ]]hrriuaii 'j8 

Brown's Papa Bear: A Gregorian Album 34 

The goatee, the hugs, the unruly hair - Greg, as he's known to 
his friends, has been one big photo op. Our picks. 



All the President's Friends 40 

When the brightest lights m literature came to visit their old 
pal. he macHe sure Brown got an earful. By Chad Gaits 



^^ The Examined Life 



Brown's president gives the graduating class a parting shot 
in the arm. By Vartan Gregorian 



42 



Portrait: A Voice for Victims 44 

Women and children don't start wars, but they live with the con- 
sequences. Mary Diaz "82 helps them cope. By Pamela Pctro '& 



cover: Photograph by John Foraste. 



Volume 97 ■ Number 9/July 1997 



Here & Now 



Grace Notes 



n 

■ oniinencement lyiScj was Vartaii 

^^^ Gregorian's first as president ot 
Brown. Apparently it went very well. I 
wouldn't know, because I spent that day 
not on the job with my reporter's note- 
book as planned, but in Women and 
Infants Hospital having a miscarriage. 

Two days later, as I was recuperating at 
home, the doorbell rang and a deliverynian 
brought in an enormous arrangement of 
flowers. He set them on our dining table, 
where they seemed to glow, as vibrant 
and warm as spring sunshine. I picked up 
the little card and read: "I am so sorry 
to hear of your loss. Vartan Gregorian." 

At the time I did not yet count myself 
among the legions of friends whose 
addresses fill numerous card files in Gre- 
gorian's office. The previous fall I had 
interviewed him for the BAATs October 
1988 cover story. Since then, I had waved 
to the new president at public events, and 
he'd waved back, but that was the extent 
of our acquaintance. 

No matter. An employee had suffered 
a misfortune, and Gregorian acted quickly 
to convey his sympathy. It was a small ges- 
ture in the busy life of an important man, 
a kindness so unexpected and touching 
that after the deliveryman left, I burst into 
tears. 

College presidents are judged tore- 
most on their academic and fiscal achieve- 
ments. Gregorian has compiled an im- 
pressive portfoHo, and you will find his 
accomplishments chronicled in these 



pages. But perhaps more than 
any other president in the 
University's modern history 
he has been known for his 
charisma and warmth. Many 
times during the past eight years as I 
waited in the reception area outside the 
president's University Hall office, I would 
observe his staff carrying out personal 
errands: ordering flowers for the ailing 
wife of a trustee, arranging for Gregorian 
to visit a student in the hospital, typing a 
letter of recommendation to graduate 
school for an employee's child. 

Attentive to industry captains and 
shop foremen in equal measure, Grego- 
rian is democratic with a small "d." He 
simply loves people. During a typical 
week jammed with fund-raising trips, fac- 
ulty meetings, and student petitions, he 
enjoys getting ofT-campus for a beer with 
his friends from plant operations. "I don't 
think any president before him has gone 
out with the blue shirts," says steamfltter 
Lenny Arzoomanian (see "Mission Accom- 
phshed," page 26). "It's usually hard to talk 
to a president, but with him it's easy." 

Yes, It IS. Gregorian's penchant for 
self-deprecating jokes and affectionate 
backslaps, his ability to focus 100 percent 
of his attention on the person before him, 
his respect and concern have all made 
him a gifted listener - and a much busier 
man than he really needs to be. 

One Friday evening last October, my 
husband and I drove down Prospect 




Street on our way to the rehearsal dinner 
for my stepdaughter, Leslie '93, and her 
fiance, Jon Lowenstein. As we slowed near 
the VanWickle Gates, out strolled Grego- 
rian, hailing us with a wave. We explained 
where we were going and mentioned 
that the wedding would take place the 
next day at Brown. "I will come!" he 
exclaimed. It sounded like a suggestion; I 
should have known it was a promise. 

Saturdays have always been workdays 
for Gregorian. At a time when he surely 
had a hundred pressing things to do in his 
office. Brown's president showed up at 
Manning Chapel for Leslie and Jon's 
wedding ceremony. Afterward he did not 
rush off, but instead worked his way 
through the receiving line, chatting with 
guests and posing for a photograph with 
ihe newlyweds. His presence that day was 
a grace note, a gift. 

Vartan Gregorian may well be, as Pro- 
fessor Stephen Graubard asserts, "Brown's 
greatest president in this century." To the 
many Brunonians who have known his 
kindness, though, he is simply a great man. 



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Anne HinmAn Dietily "73 
Editor 



BROWN 

ALUMNI MONTHLV 

July 1997 
Volunif 97, No. 9 



Editor: Anne Hinnian Dirtily '71 
Managing Editor: Norm.111 Boucher 
Art Director: K.uhryn de Boer 
Assistant Editor: Jennifer Sutton 
Editorial Associate: Chad Gaits 
Business Manager: Riinela M. Parker 
Sports: I'eter Mandel 'Si A.M. 
Contributing Writer: Shea Dean '92 
Photograpliy: John Foiaste 
Design: Sandra Delany and Sandra 
Kenney 

Administrative Assistant: Sheila 
Cournoyer 



Board of Editors 

Chair: John Monaghan '55 

Vice Chair: Dana B. Cowm '82 

Tom Bodkin '75, Anne Azzi 
Davenport '85, Rose Engelland 
'78, Eric Gertler '85, Edward 
Marecki '65, Martha Matzke 
'66, Cathleen McGuigan '71, 
Carolyn Cardall Newsoni '62, 
Stacy Palmer '82, Eric Schrier 
'73, Ava Seave '77, Lisa Sing- 
hania '94, Benjamin Weiser "76, 
Bill'Wooten '68 Ph.D. 



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Carrying the Mail 



Sexual Assault and the UDC 

Having followed the infamous discipli- 
nary cases adjudicated by the UDC, I 
welcomed Shea Dean's feature, "Taking 
the Stand" (April). I was sorry, however, 
that the article did not give greater con- 
sideration to what I beheve is a critical 
issue - whether any University body 
should be mvolved with serious crimes. 

The author writes, "What might be 
condoned on the streets beyond the Van 
Wickle Gates may be condemned 
withm," but she gives litde consideration 
to the opposite - actions which are clearly 
criminal outside the institution and 
which are treated with rather meaningless 
sanctions inside. Ms. Dean cites the case 
of a student stealing another student's 
credit card and running up a large bill. 
For this the offending student is sen- 
tenced to restitution and probation. On 
the outside, depending on the amount 
charged, such an action could constitute 
grand larceny, for which the penalty is 
considerably greater. 

I believe the University should stay 
completely out of cases involving crimes 
or alleged crimes. Ms. Dean says that 
"according to Senior Associate Dean of 
Student Life Thomas Bechtel, the Uni- 
versity did not have procedures in place 
[in the 1970s and 1980s] to properly adju- 
dicate" cases dealing with sexual miscon- 
duct. Judging from the Adam Lack case 
and another case dealing with alleged 
sexual misconduct this year, the Univer- 
sity is still a long way from having such 
procedures. If a student goes to a Univer- 
sity official with a criminal complaint, 
the official should immediately hand the 
matter over to the police. However bad 
the outcome, it cannot be worse than 
that of these two cases dealt with by the 
UDC this year. 

The article ends with a statement that 
all of this is part of education. The best 
way to educate students in these matters 



TO OUR READERS 

Letters are iilwijys iivlcoiiie, and we try to 
print all we receive. Preference will be given to 
those that address the content of the \nagazine. 
Please limit letters to 200 words. We reserve 
the right to edit for style, clarity, and length. 




is to subject them to what they will 
face in the real world. It is irresponsible 
and presumptuous for the University 
to assume a judiciary role in criminal 
matters. 

Peter S.Allen '6SA.M., '73 Ph.D. 

Providence 

After viewing the 20/20 segment on 
Brown's se.xual assault case, I reread the 
page of the March B/IM devoted to the 
visit of the ABC crew. I find it disturbing 
that reporter lohn Stossel is lambasted 
in the Broit'ii Daily Herald editorial for 
"deliberately inciting controversy." I 
always thought exposing students to dif- 
ferent points of view, some of which 
they will vehemently disagree with, was 
an important part of this University. 

The Herald editorial suggests that 
ABC did not want to portray "a student 
body united against sexual assault."The 
point of the filming was to show that 
there are differing opinions on what 
defines se.xual assault. Is it rape if there is 
consensual sex after the female student 
has been drinking? Should all male stu- 
dents who have found themselves in 
this situation be suspended? Is it right to 
hold only the male student accountable? 
The legitimate disagreement on these 
questions is not a creation of the media. 

John Stossel "expounded inflamma- 
tory views." Good for him. This is what 
gets students to develop debating and 
critical-thinking skills. Stifling provoca- 
tive ideas should be the last thing Brown 
students want to do. 



By far the most chilling portion of 
the 20/20 program was the sight of a 
Brown student saying with conviction 
into a microphone, "We don't have to 
prove beyond a reasonable doubt any- 
thing. If we think it's probably true, let's 
kick them off campus." Since when does 
any strongly held belief justify denying 
someone's constitutional rights? 

Jean Ryan Alfano '67 

Sherborn, Mass. 

"Taking the Stand" suggests that the dis- 
ciplinary council and the procedures it 
employed in investigating the accusations 
against Adam Lack have themselves been 
"on trial." The recent report from the Ad 
Hoc Committee on Sexual Misconduct 
implies recognition that the processes 
involved in that unfortunate affair were 
seriously flawed. 

We would like to express our grati- 
tude to David Josephson for his role in 
promoting a fi"esh look at this case. His 
concern with justice and his willingness 
to pursue awkward questions despite 
tremendous pressures distinguish him as 
a person of integrity and moral courage. 
For Professor Josephson's vigilance on 
behalf of Adam Lack and, ultimately, of 
the entire community. Brown will one 
day be thankful. 

Priscilla Read 

Thomas G. Weiss 

Providence 
Professor l-Veiss is associate director of Brown's 
Thomas J. Watson Jr. Institute for Interita- 
tional Studies. - Editor 



BROWN ALUMNI MONTHLY ♦ 5 



In "Taking the Stand," you characterize 
the Adam Lack case as "particularly 
difficult." Not so. The Office of Student 
Life (OSL) and University Disciplinary 
Council (UDC) made it difficult only 
because they botched it. 

The single undisputed violation ot 
Brow^n's Standards of Community Behav- 
ior in Sara Klein's complaint was her own 
guilt of Offenses V.a ("illegal possession 
or use of drugs and /or alcohol . . .") 
andV.c ("Drug and/or alcohol-related 
behavior"). OSL ignored her offenses, 
then used her claimed drunkenness 
to charge Lack with Offense III, "sexual 
misconduct." 

How did OSL arrive at its decision 
to prosecute Lack, and how did UDC 
find him guilty? Since Klein claimed 
amnesia, they had only Lack's testimony, 
some of which they ignored, some of 
which they used against him. Lack testi- 
fied that Klein was sober enough to 
have seduced him, conversed with him, 
smoked cigarettes and listened to music 
with him, spent the night in his bed, 
and given him her phone number the 
next morning. The OSL prosecutor and 
UDC brushed all that aside, focusing 
instead on Lack's mention ot vomit near 
Klein and concluding that she must 
have been too drunk to engage in con- 
sensual sex. 

UDC found Lack guilty of sexual 
misconduct and punished him — though 
not sufficiently for Dean of Student 
Life Robin Rose, who stiffened the pun- 
ishment. Provost James Pomerantz threw 
out UDC's verdict and Rose's punish- 
ment on appeal, on the grounds that 
they should not have expected Lack to 
recognize that Klein was drunk. But 
rather than exonerate Lack, he invoked 
the catchall Offense II. b, "Behavior 
which shows flagrant disrespect for the 
well-being ot others." Reasoning that 
Lack should not have allowed a woman 
who had recently vomited to initiate 
sex, the provost punished him with a 
year's probation and forced him to enter 
alcohol-related counseling. Klem re- 
mained in good standing. 

More than a year after Lack's name 
and face graced the Bwum Daily HcmU, 
the student lite office that holds Lack 
accountable for his one supposed mis- 
judgment continues to hide its misdeeds 
in his case, mires the issue of underage 
drinking in hypocrisy, and supports the 
gender ideologies and inequities that 
led to the Lack farce. The rest of us, for 
our part, continue to ignore the gender 
sewage that emanates from offices. 



departments, and programs on campus. 

The recent report of a committee 
charged with reviewing Brown's treat- 
ment of sexual misconduct (see "Less 
Heat, More Light," page 20) addresses a 
few of the behavior code's failures. Cau- 
tious and disingenuous in turn, however. 
It remains bhnd to the indoctrination 
that passes for education in student life. 
It clings against all experience to the 
fantasy that the disciplinary process has 
positive educational value and reaffirms 
Brown's competence to hear cases of 
alleged rape despite its disastrous exercise 
of that claim. We must move quickly past 
the report to an acknowledgment of 
the code's failure beyond the narrow con- 
fines of "sexual misconduct," to an 
analysis of the root causes of that failure, 
and to a radical blueprint tor recovery. 
It will take sorely needed leadership. 

Meanwhile, Lack has fled Brown a 
pariah and, having had a year of produc- 
tive life stolen from him, lives in exile 
from the campus he once called home. 
Have we no shame? 

Dm'id Josephson 

Campus 
T]ic ivritcr is an associate professor of music. 
— Editor 

After reading "Taking the Stand," I now 
understand why the UDC had problems 
in the seventies and eighties. The article 
states that UDC procedure was then 
as follows: "[c]omplaining students were 
told to tile a criminal suit or to have a 
'brokered conversation" with the alleged 
perpetrator." 

Although my legal practice involves 
only intellectual property law, iriy limited 
understanding of our criminal justice 
system is that crime victims cannot tile a 
criminal suit against an alleged perpetra- 
tor, as the UDC apparently used to sug- 
gest. Rather, that is the bailiwick of the 
local prosecutor's office, which typically 
gathers information about alleged crimes 
and then decides whether or not to press 
criminal charges. At best, student victims 
would have been able to tile a civil suit 
against an alleged perpetrator for dam- 
ages or an injunction, such as a protective 
order. 

Jeffllblsoti '92 

North Bethesda, Md. 

As a former student representative of the 
UDC, it saddens me to see the University 
repeating the same old mistakes in imple- 
menting Brown's continually evolving 
disciplinary system. Each time an upper- 
level administrator - who has not sat in 



the room to hear the complete testimony 
in a UDC case - reverses the council's 
decision or changes the council's penalty, 
that administrator cheats the students. 
This seems especially evident in the 
Adam Lack case. 

We must never forget that students 
provide the purpose and foundation that 
make Brown special. Just as the adminis- 
tration treats students as adults in choos- 
ing classes, it should treat them as adults 
in franung and enforcing community 
standards. The UDC remains the central 
institution through which Brown students 
can directly fashion their vision of com- 
munity values with binding force. 

It IS ironic that you chose to highlight 
Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia 
in your article. While the disciplinary 
system [at Virginia] has flaws, perhaps its 
most admirable feature is that the deci- 
sions of its disciplinary panels are final. 
Jeff Francer 'gj 

Charlottesville, Va. 

Are you giving us the straight story? 

A woman is lying in a puddle of 
vomit and discovered by a Brown man. 
There is no mention of changing her 
clothes, bathing, brushing her teeth and 
using mouthwash. This malodorous 
creature is so irresistible that she com- 
pletely overpowers the resistance of a 
Brown man? 

Esther Bourne Manning '40 

Coventry, R.I. 



Body Dysmorphic Disorder 

Thank you for printing Jennifer Sutton's 
article on Katherine Phillips's work 
("Mending the Mirror," April). I also 
enjoyed the editor's related comment 
in "Slim Comfort" (Here & Now). Inter- 
esting information, nicely written and 
presented. I am sharing it with friends. 

Joanne Zheutlin, M.D. '7.5 

Los Angeles 



What a Joker 

I enjoyed the article about H.B. Siegel 
'83 ("The Popcorn Jedi," April). One 
thing you forgot to mention is H.B.'s 
well-known practical jokes. Like the time 
when, in a local espresso shop that fea- 
tured photos of famous authors on 
the wall, H.B. sneaked in a picture of 
himself, suitably attired in black turtle- 
neck and pipe. Or the time on an air- 
plane when his traveling companion fell 



6 'JULY 1997 



asleep, and H.B. got an oxygen mask 
from the attendant and dangled it. and 
said, "Geotl, wake up, something's hap- 
pening!" Or the tnne he told an alumni 
magazine he was director of engineering 
at SGI, when, as I recall, his title was 
director ot rendering. 

Pcler \'on'lg 'jS 

Palo Alto, Calif. 

peler@iiorvig.com 



Historical Disagreement 

Charles higrao '74 Ph.D. interprets the 
situation in the former Yugoslavia on the 
basis of recent history, and he disnusses 
as "fiction" the inilIennliitii-\ong history of 
southwestern Slavs (Mail, April). He 
chooses to be oblivious ot the fact that 
the genetically homogeneous Slav popu- 
lation ot Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, 
and Serbia, who even embraced a com- 
mon literary language, is nevertheless 
shaped by the events impacting their his- 
tory and the history ot the rest ot Europe. 
He writes with nostalgia of the lives of 
Muslim Slavs under the Austrian- 
Hungarian and Ottoman empires, while 



leaving out the experience of Croats and 
Serbs. His analysis fails to appreciate the 
cultural and political imprint on the 
region made by such protound develop- 
ments as the Schism of 1054 between 
Eastern and Western Christianity and 
the centuries-long Ottoman domination. 
In his narrow tocus on Bosnia, he even 
forgets that, during the breakup of Yugo- 
slavia, the first military conflict followed 
the secession of Croatia and did not 
involve Bosnia. 

Perhaps symptomatic of Ingrao's view 
of history is his claim that the Ukrainian 
government "began liquidating Jews 
before the construction of the first Ger- 
man camps - and with a brutality that 
shocked even Nazi officials." If scholarly 
objectivity is of interest to Ingrao, he 
must retract this detamatory statement. 

Alex Allistcr Slii'dnsiihvi 'gj Ph.D. 

Sutton, Mass. 



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the rink? I'm quite sure Becky Kellar 
is a terrific defense player, but she is cer- 
tainly not a defenseman. 

There is a lot to be said for the boom 
in women's sports, both on campus and 
off. Let's hope editors can keep up and 
use less gender bias in their coverage. 

Molly Mulhern Gross 

Camden, Maine 
The wriler, the spouse of Kenneth Stephen 
Gross '76, is series editor for Women Out- 
side. - Editor 



Title IX 

While I'm not surprised by the U.S. 
Supreme Court's refusal to hear the Title 
IX appeal ("Tide IX Redux," Elms, May), 
I am disappointed m Brown's ongoing 
attitude toward the case. The University's 
news releases and its proposed compli- 
ance plan continue to ridiculously assert 
possible future vindication ot Brown's 
original position. In addition, the compli- 
ance plan places a tremendous burden on 
the coaches and proponents of women's 
sports to achieve minimum participation 
levels, which may not be realistic and 
which are used to count against men's 
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Brown's attorneys and our president 
(or interim president) should tell the 
court and the plaintiffs that we will be 
happy to work immediately to achieve 
substantial proportionality in a manner 
acceptable to the plaintiffs. 

In addition, athletic director Dave 
Roach should resign, and the new presi- 
dent and athletic director should publicly 
declare that, so long as they hold their 
respective offices, achieving substantial 
proportionaHty for women varsity athletes 
will never be a "distasteful alternative" 
for the University - contrary to the con- 
cluding pronouncement in the compli- 
ance plan. 

C. Martin Lawyer 111 '63 

Tampa, Fla. 

Why is Brown spending $2 million in 
legal fees to appeal a Title IX decision 
to the Supreme Court, when any high 
school senior knows Brown cannot win? 
Not only can Brown not win, it can't 
even be heard. Is this expensive, wasteful, 
and archaic mind-set ever going to cease? 

When IS Brown going to appoint 
women with law degrees who under- 
stand what Title IX means to executive 
positions in the administration? 

Winifred Kierium 'sJ 

Boston 
U'liilc Broii'ii has not dischised tlie cost 0/ its 
Tiik IX legal defense fees, University offiiials 
estimate it to be around $1 million. - Editor 

Why should alumni give money if Brown 
IS to squander it on defending sex dis- 
crimination? Just asking. 

George Musser '88 

San Francisco 

gmnsser(alstars.sfsn.edH 

Here's the way to chase athletic Brown 
students away, once and for all: Get out 
of the sports entertainment business. 

People who would pay the big bucks 
to attend a sports camp should do just 
that and not waste precious training 
time going to college classes for a pricey 
degree. Places thus vacated at Brown 
would become available to those serious 
student rejects who regard athletics, sports, 
and physical education as necessary, 
desirable, and worthwhile - but stricdy 
extracurricular divertissement, certainly 
not worth making a federal case of. 

Robert A. diCurcio '34 

Nantucket, Mass. 

bobdic@capecod. net 



Getting in Deep 

Congratulations on "Darwin's Heirs" 
(March). After graduating from Brown in 
aquatic biology and receiving my master's 
in tropical coral reef ecology in Miami, 
I have been involved in tropical coastal 
marine research and conservation and in 
protected-area management. 

It's about time the aquatic biology 
degree, small as it is (I was the only grad- 
uate in that field in my class), got recog- 
nition at Brown. More important, it's 
about time we all recognize the need and 
importance of getting out to the field 
instead of hibernating in a lab. Working 
outdoors reminds me of the reasons 1 got 
involved in marine biology. Observing 
the beauty of the underwater world and 
seeing the way nature works there leaves 
me m av/e every time I dive. 

Unfortunately, there are always two 
sides to every story: fieldwork allows you 
to get a firsthand look at how nature is 
losing the battle against anthropogenic 
activities. 

Monica Vega '87 

Miami 



Heavenly Site 

Thank you for featuring the Bible 
Browser Web site in the April BAM (Pick 
o' the Web, Elms). It is beautifully and 
intelligently designed and wonderfully 
easy to use. It is also much needed. 
Although you can purchase hundreds of 
different CD-ROMs to design your veg- 
etable garden, there is no version (KJV, 
RSV, Vulgate) of the Old or New Testa- 
ment or the Apocrypha on CD-ROM. 

Congratulations to Richard Goerwitz 
and to Brown for developing and provid- 
ing such a wonderful site for students, 
scholars, and aU the rest of us. 

Joanna L. Cole 

New York City 

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The ii'riter is a Brown parent. - Editor 



Inflated Grades 

The article on inflated college grades 
("Acing It," Under the Elms, April) really 
teed me off. 1 won final honors m Eng- 
lish literature at Brown, but I didn't do 
as well in science, math, economics, and 
other required courses. One of the best 
marks I got in four years was the now- 
despised C, in required freshman calculus. 
I received two flunking notices during 



S ♦ JULY 1997 



BROWN UNIVERSITY 

PROVIDENCE, R.I. 02912 
THE PRESIDENT 

July 1, 1997 
My dear friends: 

May 26, 1997, will always remain as one of the most memorable days in my life. It was a day of 
excitement, pride, gratitude, and sadness. I shared the enormous joy of the graduates of the class 
of 1997 and their parents and relatives. I shared the rightful satisfaction and pride of our faculty. I 
was honored by the presence of our distinguished group of honorary-degree recipients, and I was 
moved by Bill Moyers's baccalaureate address. 

The Brown faculty's generous act in bestowing upon me its highest honor, the Susan 
Colver Rosenberger Medal, deeply touched me. It meant far more to me than many honors I have 
received throughout my academic career, since this honor was given by my faculty, the Brown 
faculty. I was honored also to be the first recipient of the Wilson-DeBlois Award given by the 
Graduate Student Council. And I was overjoyed by the boisterous farewell of our undergraduates 
and overcome by the generosity of the Fellows in bestowing upon Clare Gregorian an honorary 
degree for her nine years of serving Brown as its number-one volunteer 

As I prepare to part, 1 want to express my appreciation and affection not only to our faculty 
and student body, but also to the loyal staff of our University for their devotion to Brown. Their 
dedication has always been a source of inspiration to me. It has been an honor to serve all of these 
members of our campus community and a privilege to have earned their respect and trust. I par- 
ticularly would like to salute our alumni and alumnae for their loyal support - indeed love - and 
gratitude to Brown. Last, but not least, 1 want to express my admiration for our Corporation, for 
both its past and current members. In particular I want to pay tribute to the late Chancellor 
Richard Salomon and to Chancellor Emeritus and Senior Fellow Charles Tillinghast. 

During the last nine years I have enjoyed the leadership of our Corporation and its great 
Chancellor, Alva O. Way. His support and his friendship have been a source of inspiration and 
sustenance for me. 1 have been the recipient of the unconditional and generous friendship of our 
Vice Chancellor and new Chancellor, Artemis Joukowsky. His dedication to Brown is legendary. 
And I salute my friend. Vice Chancellor and Chancellor-Designate Stephen Robert. I am sure that 
under the leadership of Mr. Joukowsky and Mr Robert the University will continue its progress. 
We are fortunate to have outstanding leaders. 

I also thank members of Brown's other organizations and governing boards: Alan Hassen- 
feld and the board of overseers of the medical school, Thomas Biersteker and the board of over- 
seers of the Watson Institute for International Studies, Theodore Sizer and the board of overseers 
of the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, Norman Fiering and the board of directors of the 
John Carter Brown Library, Joyce Botelho and the board of advisors of the John Nicholas Brown 
Center for the Study of American Civilization. I am especially grateful to the corporations and 
foundations, and to all the generous alumni, parents, and friends of Brown who made our cam- 
paign a success. 

I would like to thank the three Governors of the State of Rhode Island with whom I have 



PRODUCED BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT 



worked - Governors DiPrete, Sundlun, and Almond - as well as the leaders of the state legisla- 
ture. I salute former Mayor Joseph Paolino Jr., and I extend my special thanks to Mayor Vincent 
"Buddy" Cianci for his friendship, his love for the city of Providence, and his loyalty to Brown 
University. 

Let me conclude by thanking past and current members of my senior administration: 
Provosts Maurice Glicksman, Frank Rothman, and James Pomerantz; Vice Presidents for Budget, 
Finance, and Administration Fred Bohen, Tom Glynn, and Donald Reaves; Vice Presidents for 
External Affairs Robert Reichley and Laura Freid; Vice President and General Counsel Beverly 
Ledbetter; Vice Presidents for Development Sam Babbitt and Ann Caldwell; Executive Vice Presi- 
dent for Academic Planning and Academic Affairs Brian Hawkins; Vice President for Administra- 
tion Walter Holmes; Vice President and Controller Judy Michalenka; Deans of the College Sheila 
Blumstein and Kenneth Sacks; Graduate School Deans Philip Stiles, Kathryn Spoehr, and Peder 
Estrup; Deans of the Faculty John Quinn, Thomas Anton, Bryan Shepp and Kathryn Spoehr; the 
late Vice President for Biology and Medicine Pierre Galletti; Deans of Medicine David Greer and 
Donald Marsh; Associate Provost James Wyche; University Librarian Merrily Taylor; University 
Chaplains Charles Baldwin and Janet Cooper Nelson; former Dean of Admission and Financial 
Aid Eric Widmer; Director of Admission Michael Goldberger; Director of Athletics David Roach; 
Vice President for Computing Donald Wolfe; Director of EEO/AA Samuel Ramirez; Assistant 
Vice President Dorothv Renaghan; John Starr and Barbara Cervone of the Annenberg Institute; 
former Associate Vice President for University Relations Eric Broudy; former Associate Vice Pres- 
ident for Alumni Relations Christine Love; Co-Acting Directors of Alumni Relations Melanie 
Coon and Dorcey Baker; Director of the News Bureau Mark Nickel; Director of Special Events 
William Slack; Director of Community Relations Christine Heenan; Photographer John Foraste; 
and Associate Director of Special Events M.L. Farrell. I thank the Brown Alumni Monthly and its 
two outstanding editors, Robert Rhodes and Anne Diffily, for the excellence of this magazine, 
which serves as Brown's bridge to its alumni. 

To all nine chairs of the Faculty Executive Committee, to all departmental chairs, to all 
directors of centers and programs, and to the men and women of plant operations and the clerical 
and technical staff who comprise the essential service web of our University - 1 say a heartfelt 
"thank you" for vour dedication. I would like to thank the presidents of our campus unions, with 
whom I have worked closely. 

I wish to end by thanking mv devoted and invaluable staff: Nancy Hoffman, director of the 
Office of the President, and her assistant, Wanda Hunter; Rebecca Flewelling, my former execu- 
tive assistant; Karen Culton, Patricia Flaherty, and Stephanie Offerman, administrative assistants; 
and staff members Fatima Kane, Valerie Mooney, and Marion Falciglia. Thanks are due also to 
John Mclntyre, Marjorie Houston, Mumey Gerlach, and Susan Brown of the Office of the Secre- 
tary of the Corporation; and to Helena Eldridge and Jean Correia of the staff of 55 Power Street. To 
all of you, and to the 3,000 employees of Brown, 1 express my gratitude, affection, and admiration. 



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the semester and devoted most of my 
time and effort to the course. I got a 
B on the tinal exam, htting me to a C 
tor the course. I treasured that grade. 

I had two roommates flunk out ot' 
Brown because ot poor grades. One 
was an intelhgent chemist who couldn't 
negotiate French and soine other 
retjuired courses. 

Ali'in U Si:er '?6 

North Haven, Conn. 

Dean Kenneth Sacks doesn't get it. The 
very students he is counsehng got into 
Brown tor the most part due to their 
grades and test scores. Students know what 
they need to do, not only intellectually 
hut in a practical sense, to get to that 
next level: they need to get good grades. 

I took S/NC classes my freshman 
year in the hope that all the written 
evaluations from my instructors would 
describe mv interest and ability more 
clearly than a mere letter grade. Had I 
known as a premed student that medical 
school admissions offices would translate 
an S into a C and put the evaluation 
back in the unread pile, I might have 
opted for letter grades. 

It's okay for Brown to "downplay 
grades" and enable students to take risks, 
but It's clearly better to be in the top 
two-tenths ot a percentile than not to be. 
John Oppenheiincr '7? 

Mill Valley Cahf 

"Competition creates anxiety, and anxi- 
er\' rarely creates the proper environment 
for learning." 

I wish I had learned that while I 
was at Brown. Today 1 would be the most 
learned man on public welfare. 

William A.Jcwett '41 

McLean, Va. 

Dean Sacks is quoted as saying, "We try 
to downplay [grades]. We want students 
to explore, to take risks — not to worry 
whether they're two-tenths of a percent 
higher than someone else in their 
premed class. . . . Competition creates 
anxiety, and anxiety rarely creates the 
proper environment for learning." 

I am tempted to comment broadly 
on the sheltered life of one's college years, 
of how these same students will meet 
with plenty of anxiety in hfe, and on how 
a little anxiet\' in college might steel them 
for the trials they will tace later. 

But I shall forbear from writing on 
these larger issues in order to point 
out that much of what he says seems 
strangely familiar. Haven't we heard this 



before? Wasn't it during the heated sixties 
that practically the same words were 
repeated endlessly by those arguing for 
something called the "New Curricu- 
lum"? And wasn't there the promise that 
the undergraduates were going to be 
blissfully freed from grades, competition, 
anxiers', and all the other ills that could 
scar their sensitive, youthful souls? 

Now the same old tune apparently 
needs to be hauled out again. The 
promise hasn't been achieved. Could it 
be that our undergraduates realize that, 
alas, the notions of excellence, of achieve- 
ment, of (dreaded word!) discrimination 
persist in the real world beyond the Van 
Wickle Gates, and that no vaporizing 
by academic functionaries will change 
that reality? Perhaps it is time for some- 
one to sound reveille up there on Col- 
lege Hill. 

Lawrence J. Clipper '35 

West Palm Beach, Fla. 



More Than Winning 

Richard C. Gardner '58 raised some 
interesting points in his recent letter 
("Inbred Claptrap," Mail, March). He 
suggested, among other things, the 



importance of good sportsmanship rather 
than just winning the game. 

I, too, have often questioned the wm- 
lose mentahrv' associated with sports. In 
our search for enlightenment and mean- 
ing, many of us choose to embrace win- 
win states of mind. Where does this leave 
our sports programs? Perhaps we need 
to examine this. 

Fnmk Rycykjr. '66 

Jefferson City, Mo. 



Spy for All Seasons 

Professor Terrence Hopmann's review 
of /4 Spy for All Seasons by Duane Clar- 
ridge '53 (Books, April) points up the 
philosophical chasm between the ultral- 
iberal, politically correct thinking that 
pervades the Brown campus today and 
the views ot most alumni of my era, 
which would include Mr. Clarndge. I 
agree with Mr. Clarridge on every point 
that Professor Hopmann seems to dis- 
agree with him on, including: 

• During the Cold War there were 
moral absolutes, with the United States 
standing for absolute good and Soviet 
communism serving as its antithesis. 

• Mr. Clarridge 's outlined strategy, in 



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igSi, to take the war to Nicaragua and 
start killing Cubans. 

• A senior CIA official is more likely 
to know what is in the United States's 
best interest and to act upon it than 

is the average pettifogging member of 
Congress. 

• I too bemoan the evisceration of the 
CIA's Clandestine Services by Congress 
and the Clmton administration. 

Enough. My point is merely to illus- 
trate how wide the gulf between then 
and now is, and how distressing much ot 
today's political correctness is to at least 
one old alumnus. 

Edward V Killc en '5! 

East Molesey, Surrey, U.K. 

Price Tag - A Different Look 

In the March BAM, an article, "Price 
Tag" (Elms), indicated that the total cost 
of a year at Brown will rise 4.3 percent 
in 1997— 98. The author seemed to take 
great pride in indicating that the percent- 
age increase had fallen steadily over the 
last decade. 

As a parent of a student in the class 
of '9(S, I have been sending money to 
Brown for three years. In each of those 



years the percentage increase has far 
exceeded the rate of inflation. In fact, the 
yearly increase in the cost of a year at 
Brown has exceeded the rate of inflation 
every year for at least the last ten. The 
cover story of the March 17 Time maga- 
zine was entitled "How Colleges Are 
Gouging U."The article makes a strong 
argument that college tuition has 
increased too much for many years. 

I am disappointed in the secretive 
nature of the budget process at Brown. 
That process sets a bad example for 
Brown students. As an elected member 
of my local public school board, I know 
how hard it is to design a fiscally respon- 
sible budget. However, in the last ten 
years our percentage increase has never 
exceeded Brown's. The public encourages 
us to think of innovative ways to improve 
education while being fiscally responsi- 
ble. As a regular reader of the BAM and 
the Brown Daily Herald, I have noticed 
a dearth of articles on ways Brown is 
improving education while decreasing 
costs. Can you please tell me where to 
find such articles? 
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Gales Ferry, Conn. 
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and "The Higher (and Higher) Cost of 
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attempt to explain Brown 's budget process in 
particular and the inflation of college costs 
in general. — Editor 



Whitewashed Classnote 

I was disturbed to discover that my class- 
note in the April BAM had been edited. 
The editing created an inaccurate repre- 
sentation of my interests, activities, and 
priorities. Your policy, as stated in the 
mail section of BAM, is that you "reserve 
the right to edit for style, clarity, and 
length." The edits you made, however, 
have nothing to do with style or clarity. 
They are an attempt to distort my life 
and achievements, as I perceive them. 

I have often wondered why the notes 
section is so boring. What happened to 
the diverse, interesting people I knew 
at Brown? If the treatment of my note is 
any indication, then what is obviously 
happening is a whitewashing of activities 
deemed unacceptable by the editors. 

Stephen Gendin 'Sg 

New York City 



Diversified Fraternities 

Even as a former active fraternity mem- 
ber and Jewish alumnus, I was saddened 
by the news of a new Jewish fraternity 
at Brown ("A Better Model," Elms, 
April). When I belonged to the Zeta Psi 
fraternity in the 1970s, diversity of mem- 
bership was expected. We were about 
thirty active members, of whom several 
were black, several were Jewish, several 
were Asian, and most were white Chris- 
tians. One of the attractions of fraternity 
life was living, working, and studying 
with gentlemen of honor of very differ- 
ent backgrounds and learning from 
them. 

Eric J. Erans '79 

New York City 



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The Wonderful 'Bullet' 

Somehow I failed to note Dick Silver- 
man's anecdote about Chariie Bendey '45 
in the February BAM. But your sidebar 
"Renienibering the Bullet" (Classes, 
April) certainly did get my attention! 
Charlie, really a wonderful young man, 
was among my brother's (Simon Horen- 
stein "45) circle of classmates. 

At the time I was a member ot the 



12 ♦ JULY 1997 



class ot '46 (although I graduated in '45). 
I was well acquainted with most of my 
brother's friends in the hectic period 
before they left tor military service. 

We were pretty- lively correspondents, 
and I wrote to most of the gang, includ- 
ing Charlie. When he was shipped to 
Europe tor dun* with a black battalion 
m Italy, our correspondence intensified. 
He wondered if I could help him 
get art materials — pencils, erasers, and 
sketchbooks of various sizes. I found a 
supplier in Providence and sent Charlie 
a number of parcels (tor which he always 
reimbursed me) so he could indulge 
his drawing hobby. On several occasions 
he sent me samples of his work, some 
like the one reproduced in "Remember- 
ing the Bullet," others sketches of Italian 
people he'd met. Unfortunately, I can 
no longer lay my hands on any of those 
materials. 

At"ter the war was over and Charlie 
returned to Brown. I was close to the 
end of my graduate training and ready to 
launch myselt on a career that took me 
tar from New England tor forr\'-plus 
years. I don't recall seeing Charlie after 
the war, and I regret that. His early 
death was a real tragedy, as my brother 
and I have often said to one another. 

Betty Horeiisteiii Pickett './5, '^g Ph.D. 

Surrv, Maine 



Book's Author Pans Review 

Associate Professor of Political Science 
Ross E. Cheit made many false assertions 
about my book, AccidentaUy, On Purpose. 
and grossly distorted its tone and intent 
("Scams and Schemers." May). 

Cheit says I talk "a lot about greed" 
in explaining the motivations of people 
who fake accidents for money; he sug- 
gests "econormc desperation" as a more 
fuUy considered rationale. It's a good 
point - I made it myself several times in 
the book. I wrote about widespread self- 
mutilations during the Depression of the 
1890S, then, later, about the "Houses of 
Pain" during the Great Depression years. 

Cheit says readers of my book "get 
little sense that ambulance chasers often 
rushed to the scene of accidents in order 
to beat insurance company representa- 
tives who otherwise pressured the injured 
to settle for pennies on the dollar." I 
presume Cheit is speaking only tor those 
readers who did not make it to page 117, 
188. or 122, where I not only make this 
claim, but also back it with documenta- 
tion. In case readers missed it. all of 



chapter 3 and part of chapter 5 make 
related points about the hx'pocritical ethi- 
cal witch hunts led by corporate lawyers 
against legitimate personal-injury attor- 
neys and their genuinely injured clients. 

Perhaps the most unfortunate and 
unjustified part of Cheit's review is his 
closing suggestion that I am uncritically 
passing along "negative and inaccurate 
stereotv'pes" of insurance cheats hke those 
who shout "welfare queens." My book 
aims to be a thoughtful and scholarly 
antidote to the kind of cheap shot Cheit 
imagines. I offer a corrective to the anti- 
Semitic term "shyster," for example. I 
show consistent sympathy for small-time 
slip-and-fallers and immigrants who are 
paid to sit in cars as crash dummies. 

Cheit extracts a few stories and terms 
from my book, but ignores the surround- 
ing context - then takes me to task 
for not seeing the complexities. He com- 
plains that I "tell only stories of fraud" 
and that I don't blame insurers for 
claims-handling abuses. Then he offers 
information "beyond the scope of my 
book " for the benefit ot those "puzzling 
through the social and pohcy implica- 
tions of insurance fraud." My stated pur- 
pose was to document a curious Ameri- 
can cultural and criminal phenomenon, 
not to puzzle about policy solutions and 
certainly not to throw around blame. 
What does Cheit make of the 452 pages 
that fall within the scope of my book? 

There are many valid criticisms of 
my book, but Cheit's professional preoc- 
cupations apparently come first. It's 
especially hurtful to get punched below 
the belt in the pages of the B.4A/. 

Ken Dornsteiii 'gi 

Canibridge, Mass. 

Rcwj- Clieit responds: Mr. Dornstem mis- 
characterizes criticism as "false assertions." 
I stand by my criticism, which was based 
on a body of scholarly work overlooked 
in his book. Anyone interested in learn- 
ing more is invited to sit in on my 
seminar. Insurance and Public Pohcv. 



Keeney and the CIA 

Martin Plaut '58 says Barnaby Keeney 
was a hypocrite because he maintained a 
relationship with the CIA while serving 
as president of Brown (Mail, April). What 
an astonishing statement. I'm surprised 
the BAM published it without comment. 

I'm sure there are scores of college 
presidents around the country who have 
had. and many who stiU have, "relationships 



with the CIA" - in most cases providing 
specialized knowledge about people 
or world affairs that contributes to the 
CIA's understanding of w'hat's going 
on m the world. What's hypocritical 
about that? 

I remember in particular the "rela- 
tionship" that William Langer of Harvard. 
possibly America's most distinguished 
historian at that time, had with the CIA. 
For several years in the late forties and 
early fifties he would spend a few days 
every month at the CIA's headquarters in 
Washington as director of the Office of 
National Estimates, working on studies 
of critical world affairs for the president 
and other high-ranking administration 
officials. Was he a hypocrite? 

Does Mr. Plaut really believe Brown 
IS fragile? He must be kidding. 

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T 8 A.M. on Memorial 
-Day Providence's East 
Side, which was clogged with 
reunion revelers just yester- 
day, is a ghost town. Thayer 
Street lies hushed and deserted 
except for the occasional 
robed senior rushing by, par- 
ents in tow, bound tor the 
epicenter - the Green. 

As you cross Waterman 
Street near the Faunce House 
arch, the noise and the crowds 
clobber your senses. An esti- 
mated 20,000 jubilant and 
harried people are gathering 
here. There are the familiar 
droning bagpipes, the Lusi- 
tana Band of Cumberland in 
its spiffy navy uniforms, the 
color-coded doctoral gowns 
and hoods of the faculty, the 
mortarboards and velvet caps 
and floppy beefeaters. Some- 
how, everyone finds a place 
in line amid laughter and 
confusion. 

Yet for all its tradition, 
each Commencement man- 
ages to be new. Alumni who 
return for reunions find the 



A Blue, Green, 
and Gold Morning 

Brown's 22gth Commencement 
is President Gregorian's last 



graduating class looks younger 
and younger until, astonish- 
ingly, the seniors are the same 
age as their children, then 
their grandchildren. Mortar- 
boards are canvases for indi- 
vidual expression amid the 
mass of black robes. And 
while roses have been sold on 
street corners for years, this 
year the entre- 
preneurial adoles- 
cents with their 
red wagons full 
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stitf competition 
firom aclults with 
credit-card 
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EVERY YEAR the cere- 
mony on the Green has 
a few unique twists. In 1996 
it was the Jumbotron, a giant 
screen set up near Slater Hall 
to broadcast the indoor pro- 
ceedings to eager parents on 
the Green. 

This year's Commence- 
ment IS notable tor being 

President Vartan 
Gregorian 's grand 
finale. Along with 
1,411 bachelor's 
degree recipients, 
258 receiving 
master's degrees, 
148 Ph.D.s, and 
eightv-eight new 
M.D.s, Brown's 




It was the perfect day for family 
photos (top), for rejoicing with 
friends (inset), and for a rousing 
"all right" (above). 



sixteenth president is prepar- 
ing to begin a new chapter in 
his life - as head of the 
Carnegie Corporation in 
New York City. 

His imminent departure 
lends a special poignancy to 



1 4 • JULY 1997 



the day. When he isn't wav- 
ing, Gregorian is hugging or 
shaking hands. As the 6,000- 
person procession winds past 
iiini on its way to the Van 
Wickle Gates, nearly every 
senior reaches out to hail the 
short, round man with the 
goatee and the twinkling eyes. 
Many shout above the blare of 
bagpipes and brass, "'We love 
you!" or "Good-bye!'"The 
president, tired but clearly 
delighted, smiles warmly at 
each admirer and greets no 
small number by name. 

In the First Baptist Meet- 
ing House, when senior ora- 
tor Erica Seidel '97 talks ot 
experiences she shared with 
classmates, she could be refer- 
ring to Gregorian. "'We all 
ii.ivigate the physical space of 
Brown in our own w'ays," she 




says. "What is so amazing is 
that our paths never fail to 
intersect." After four years on 
College Hill, it's likely that 
most graduating seniors have 
managed to intersect with the 
gregarious Armenian at least 
once. 

Presiding over Com- 
mencement for the last time, 
Gregorian addresses the grad- 
uates as "my fellow seniors." 
On the canopied stage in 



front ot Universm- Hall, he 
wa.xes visionary. "1 think the 
true fulfillment of Brown's 
role in higher education is yet 
to come," he says, paraphras- 
ing Thomas Wolfe. "I think 
the true discovery of Brown's 
potential is still before us, I 
think the true appreciation of 
a liberal education is before 
us, and I think that all these 
things are certain, as certain 
as the morning, as inevitable 
as the noon." 

"It has been a wonderful 
nine years," the president con- 
cludes. The thunderous stand- 
ing ovation goes on for a very, 
very long time. — Aiiiic Diffily 




Both Vartan and Clare Gregorian (standing, left) were more 
than a little choked up when Fellow Charles Tillinghast '32 
surprised her with an honorary doctorate of humane letters. 



Honorary Bears 

THE 1997 HONORARIES 

Joyce Oldham Appleby, history professor at UCLA. 

Leo Asaki, Nobel laureate in physics and president ot the 
University of Tsukuba, Japan. 

Louis V. Cerstner Jr., CEO and chairman of IBM and the 

parent of a graduating senior 

Clare Gregorian, professional volunteer with literacy 
projects, public libraries, and Planned Parenthood of R.I. 

Carolyn C. Heilbrun, feminist scholar and professor 
emerita at Columbia. 

Richard C. Holbrooke '62, former assistant secretary of 
state and now vice chairman of Credit Suisse First Boston 
Corporation. 

David Macaulay, author and illustrator of The Way Things 

Work. 

Lorraine Monroe, New York City educator and co-director 
of the Women's Croup at Bank Street College- 
Bill Moyers, broadcast journalist and winner of more than 
thirty Emmy awards. 

Augustus A. White III '47, Fellow emeritus, orthopedic 
surgeon, and professor at Harvard (Vledical School. 

John Hazen White, government reform activist and CEO, 
chairman, and president of Taco Inc., Cranston, R.I. 




BROWN ALUMNI MONTHLY ♦ IS 



Family Man 

A ifivu'ii-iip <^iic.': to college 

GAKY Earle '97 was 
never a typical Brown 
undergraduate. He has a 
beard touched with gray and 
hnes on his face; he's been 
married more than trwenty 
years and has two daughters. 
This year he became the 
grandfather of two baby girls, 
whose diapers he changes 
regularly. His classmates may 
worry about making it out- 
side the sheltered world of 
college, but Earle - at thirty- 
nine — already has. 

When he enrolled in 
Brown's RUE (Resumed 
Undergraduate Education) 
program m 1993, Earle was 
turning in a direction no one 
- including himself - 
e.xpected. He'd grown up fast 
in Somerset, Massachusetts, 
dropping out of high school 
at fifteen, fathering his first 
child at sixteen, getting mar- 
ried at seventeen, and having 
a second child at eighteen. 
Home was a Fall River tene- 
ment; rent money came from 
factory jobs. "I was the typi- 
cal American male," he says, 
"loving sports, working hard, 
partying hard." Alter a tew 
years and several technical- 
college courses, Earle found 
work repairing cafeteria 
equipment and vending 
machines. One of the sites 
he was sent to was Brown. 

By the late 1980s, Earle 
and his wife had bought a 
middle-class house back in 
Somerset. Earle was coaching 
his daughters' Softball and 
basketball teams and ferrying 
the girls to and from gymnas- 
tics practice. Then he was laid 
off. "I thought I had found 
my niche, but I was wrong," 
he says. After piecing together 
odd jobs for a year, he ended 
up working the third shift at 
a gas station. "I'd alreacly been 
questioning the path I'd taken 




Team effort: Gary Earle '97 with his nephew Jeremy, daughters 
Stephanie and Jennifer, and granddaughters Hannah and Alexis. 



in life," Earle says. "I figured 
I'd go back to college, and at 
least I'd have homework to do 
in the middle of the night." 
Brown was a "pipe dream," 
especially since Earle had 
never graduated from high 
school. But good grades from 
the technical college opened 
the door, and soon he was 
fitting philosophy classes for 
his ethics concentration into 
titty- or si.xty-hour work- 
weeks at the gas station. 

Earle was adamant about 
blending in on campus. Polit- 
ically, he didn't have to try 
very hard. A self-described 
"flaming liberal," he found 
himself in the unfamiliar posi- 
tion of "being able express 
my opinions without people 
looking at me like 1 was 
crazy." But academic life was 
different; he was starting with 
a shakier intellectual founda- 
tion than his classmates. Still, 
he says, "I didn't want anyone 
making a case of how tough 
my life was." So he struggled 
through lower-level courses 
before faring better in upper- 
level ones, where he could 



draw from his experience 
during class discussions. 

For four years, Earle bal- 
anced school, job, and family; 
his wife, who works full-time 
at AT&T, IS doing the same 
while earning a bachelor's 
degree at Providence College. 
"It's a partnership with me 
and her," Earle says. Now that 
his college career has ended, 
he's eyeing a position m the 
admission office and perhaps, 
some day, law school and a 
job as a children's advocate. 
For now, though, he's in no 
hurry. His grandchildren need 
a babv-sitter. — Jciiiiifci Sulloii 



A Big Blue Future 

IBM's CEO peas into a 
crystal ball 

It's not every day that 
the CEO and chairman of 
IBM drops by to tell you his 
vision of the electronic future. 
That day came Commence- 
ment Saturday when Louis V. 
Gerstner spoke to a capacity 
crowd at the Salomon Center 



on "Living and Working m the 
Networked World." Remark- 
ably tor the head of a techno- 
logical powerhouse, Gerstner 
brought to the forum no 
glitzy computer props or mul- 
timedia spectacles. Speaking 
without notes into a nearly 
invisible lapel microphone, 
Gerstner described our high- 
tech future while casually 
strolling the stage or sitting on 
an old wooden stool. 

Gerstner, who since join- 
ing IBM four years ago has 
been widely credited with 
rescuing the company from a 
steady decline, summed up the 
future in one word: networks. 
Computers, he reminded his 
Usteners, have become so 
powerful and miniaturized 
that a Ford Taurus has more 
computing power than did the 
first lunar landing module. Yet 
without networks - "the 
ultimate statement of where 
this industry is heading" - 
computers are landing mod- 
ules with no place to go. 




Louis Gerstner 

Networks can add to 
computing potential in ways 
we are only beginning to 
understand. Gerstner imagines 
a future where everything 
and everyone has an Internet 
address. "The Internet is way 
beyond the personal com- 
puter," he said. "It will be 
embedded in every device in 
the world. Your refrigerator 
will have an Internet address, 
and when it's broken it will 
communicate with a service 
center and say, 'I need help,' 



16 ♦ JULY 1997 



and either [the computer 
at the service center] will 
fix It over the Internet 
or [it] will send a repair- 
man." IBM, he added, is 
now working with Mer- 
cedes to try to create 
such a system in a car. 

The history of tech- 
nology, however, has 
taught us that inventions 
are often way ahead of 
our ability to solve the 
human issues they raise. Ger- 
stner recognizes that com- 
puter networks are no excep- 
tion. Censorship and control, 
national borders, the threat ot 
electronic sabotage of our 
missile defense systems or the 
federal reserve system - these 
are just a few ot the potential 
problems in a world of net- 
worked refrigerators. 

But the biggest unresolved 
question was one asked by 
an alumnus who teaches in 
a Washington, D.C., pubhc 
school, where, he said, "a 
mouse is something that runs 
around our floors." Will this 
future, the man asked, "make 
our society more equal or less 
equal?" Gerstner agreed that 
the answer is still a long way 
oft. — Nornuin Boucher 

Front-Line View 

A report from the AIDS 
war 

IN 1979, when Don Abrams 
"72 was a medical resident 
in San Francisco, he started 
treating a large number of 
young men with fevers and 
swollen glands. A couple ot 
years later, he told a Com- 
mencement forum this May, 
another flood of young men 
came to him with Kaposi's 
sarcoma, a type ot skin can- 
cer. Abrams soon reahzed the 
two conditions were related. 
The patients, he said, "were 
all dying within a year." 
AIDS was formally iden- 




tified in 1981. Today, sixteen 
years later, more than 22 mil- 
lion people around the world 
are intected with HIV, the 
virus that causes the disease. 
Yet stiO no vaccine exists. 
What, asked Seth Berkley '78 
M.D. at another Commence- 
ment tbrum, is taking so long? 

Berkley and Abrams gave 
graduates and their families 
reports from two different 
front lines in the war against 
AIDS. Abrams related the 
frustration and heartbreak of 
being a gay doctor trying to 
rescue his friends as well as 
his patients from death, while 
Berkley, associate director of 
health services for the Rock- 
efeller Foundation, analyzed 
the obstacles faced by AIDS 
researchers. 

In the search for a vac- 
cine, Berkley reported, it's 
not science but will that has 
failed. A vaccine begins with 
govermnent-tunded research 
and continues with the work 
of pharmaceutical companies, 
which actually manufacture 
a product and test it in chni- 
cal trials. Berkley is con- 
vinced that enough is now 
known about AIDS tor vac- 
cine development to progress 
more quickly, but a lack of 
money has slowed progress. 
Therapeutic AIDS drugs are 
a $i.3-billion market, he said, 
and with an AIDS patient 
spending as much as $20,000 
a year on them, companies 
naturally tend to go slow on 
a vaccine that needs to be 
taken only once. 



WHAT THEY SAID AT THE FORUMS 

CommencemeiU Forums offer a feast oj information 
and entertainment. Here's a taste. 



Living and Woritlng in the Networked World 

"If you think Yahoo is something you yell at the end of 
Commencement, you need to get connected." 

Louis V. Centner Jr., CEO and chairman of the board, IBM 

Understanding the Brain: A New Frontier 
for the 21st Century 

"We are on the verge of, or in the golden age of, research 
on the brain - like physics in the 1920s or molecular biol- 
ogy in the 1960s. We are transforming the way we think 
about ourselves." 

Zach W. Hall, director of the National Institute of Neurological 
Disorders and Stroke 

Rome Wasn't Built in a Day 

"I thought [my next book should be] a personal guidebook 

to Rome....Yeah, that's what the world really needs - 

another guide to Rome." 

Author/illustrator David Macaulay, on the two-year creative process 
that resulted in his new book, Rome Antics 

Cloning Sheep and Killing Kings: Some Fallacies 
of Modern Genetic Determinism 

"Always distrust [intellectual] fashion, especially when it 

matches your own predilections." 

Stephen Jay Could, author and Harvard geology professor 

The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara 

"My mother was worried I would become the Salman 

Rushdie of the Catholic Church." 

David Kertzer '69, Paul R. DupeeJr University Professor of Social 
Science, on his book examining a little-known child abduction 
orchestrated by nineteenth-century papal officials 



Unfortunately, 90 percent 
of new HIV infections occur 
in poverty-stricken countries, 
Berkley noted. "And it I ask a 
company to [work on] a vac- 
cine for Uganda, where the 
average spent on health care 
is $2, they think that's not a 
good way for them to invest 
their resources." In response, a 
year ago Berkley helped the 
Rockefeller Foundation start 
the International AIDS Vac- 
cine Initiative, which, among 
other things, tries to give 
drug companies more incen- 
tive to work on a vaccine. 

Meanwhile, in California, 
Abrams has begun treating 



people with non-HlV cancer 
in addition to his AIDS 
patients because he can actu- 
ally help cure some of them. 
Ten or fifteen years ago, he 
explained, he began an "accel- 
erated maturation process." 
"When I was thirty-four and 
my grandmother was eighty- 
four," he said, "we both had 
friends who were dying." 

Although the number of 
AIDS deaths has dropped in 
San Francisco, parts of Africa 
and Southeast Asia remain 
overwhelmed by the disease. 
India, Russia, and China 
aren't far behind. This war is 
far from over. -Jennifer Sutton 



BROWN ALUMNI MONTHLY ♦ 17 



Under THE Elms 



Doctor Power 

All M.D.'s true meaning 

AT FOURTEEN, Raymond 
Moreno ran the front of 
Toto's pizzeria in Newark, 
New Jersey. He flipped dough, 
made sandwiches, answered 
the telephone, took people's 
orders —juggling one thing 
after another until his head 
spun. Now he's a doctor, but 



headset is going to tell you, 
the doctor, how to treat your 
patients," he said. But "with 
the public on your side," he 
added, physicians can protect 
against "those who would 
intrude upon your practice." 
The effects ot economic 
change on health care were 
also addressed by Thomas Par- 
rino, professor of medicine, 
who spoke after Lin. In Par- 
rino's eyes, hospital mergers 




After a serious ceremony, a giddy M.D. gets a congratulatory liug. 



despite the high-stakes intel- 
lectual atmosphere at Brown's 
School of Medicine — from 
which he graduated in May - 
Moreno found that balancing 
patients, courses, and hospital 
rounds was a lot like working 
at Toto's. "You've got to tend 
to the customers," he declared 
in a speech at the medical 
school's convocation, "while 
not letting the pizzas burn." 

Now coiTies the hard part. 
Not only are Moreno and his 
classmates facing a longer list 
of demands as they begin their 
internships, they must also 
decipher a changing medical 
world. The toughest challenge, 
according to Samuel Lin, a 
retired rear admiral and assis- 
tant surgeon general who also 
spoke at the ceremony, will be 
coping with managed health 
care. "Someone in a window- 
less room whose only diag- 
nostic tool is a telephone 



bring the scrutiny of Wall 
Street into the examination 
room. "People talk about 'fixed 
assets' and they mean doctors 
— you or me," he lamented. 
"When they talk about 'vol- 
ume,' they mean patients." 
Don't be steamroUed, he 
urged. "It's your job to mess 
with the system and make it 
work tor your patients." 
For the eighty-eight 
graduates, the common mes- 
sage was: you have power. 
There will always be patients 
who cannot be helped, but 
even new doctors can calm 
nerves, deliver babies, repair 
damaged body parts, and save 
lives. But remember, the grad- 
uates were reminded, who 
gives you that power. "Just 
when you think you've mas- 
tered taking care of your 
patients," Parrino said, "you 
will see that they are taking 
care ot you." — Jennifer Sutton 



What's the Use? 

Explaining the work of 
grad students 

COMPARED T(j the under- 
graduate Commence- 
ment, the graduate students' 
ceremony on Lincoln Field is 
calmer and more sedate. Par- 
ents smile widely as they snap 
a few photos, but they've all 
been through it before. This 
one's gravy. 

The tough part for inany 
parents comes afterward, 
when, over a celebratory liba- 
tion, they ask their children 
what exactly they've been 
studying. Marcelo Sabates, a 
'97 Ph.D. m philosophy, might 
try to explain his dissertation, 
"Mental Causation: Property 
Parallelism as Answer to the 
Problem of Exclusion." Per- 
haps Jennifer Aydelott Utman 
'97 Ph.D. will take a crack at 
clarifying her contribution to 
cognitive science: "Effects of 
Subphonetic Acoustic Differ- 
ences on Lexical Access in 
Neurologically Intact Adults 
and Patients with Broca's 
Aphasia." The explanations, 
however, might transform 
those proud parental smiles 
into blank stares. 

Provost [ames Pomerantz 
urged the graduating grads 
not to give up. In his address 
he offered them one piece of 
advice: be useful. There are, 
he said, "growing perceptions 
among members of Con- 
gress, among businesspeople, 
and among parents who pay 
for their children's education 
that much scholarship bene- 
fits few people beyond the 
scholars themselves." 

People receiving advanced 
degrees must demonstrate 
that their work is beneficial 
to society - and be quick 
about it. "We are witnessing a 
short-term mentality," Pomer- 
antz added, "an impatience 
for quantifiable results." 

One of those results is 



teaching. This year the Uni- 
versity recognized ten gradu- 
ate students who have already 
mastered the art of turning 
difficult concepts into excit- 
ing coursework for under- 
graduates. Each recipient of 
the President's Award for 
Excellence in Teaching was 
paid a $2,500 honorarium 
and a pithy homage by Peder 
Estrup, dean of the Graduate 
School. 

Richard Bungiro, for 
example, a teaching assistant 
in pathobiology, "proved con- 
sistently immune to medioc- 
rity" in the classroom, Estrup 
quipped. "Electron micro- 
scopy would be required to 
detect deficiencies in [his] 
winning style." Now there's 
an explanation that's easily 
understood. - Chad Gaits 




Keeping the 
Faith(s) 

Conuueiicetiiein's liigli mass 

THE SUNDAY Baccalaure- 
ate service may be one 
of the oldest traditions of 
Commencement weekend, 
but It still manages to keep up 
with changing times. Begin- 
ning last year, the sound and 
images from the First Baptist 
Meeting House have been 
piped up College Hill to 
crowds of well-wishers who 
can watch the ceremony on a 
twenty-foot screen that hov- 
ers over the Green. This year's 
service, which included an 
address by journalist BiU 



18 • JULY 1997 



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Movers, took place during 
heav'y rain, but many visitors 
still managed to share an 
experience that in the past 
has been limited to graduat- 
ing seniors. 

Other hmits have been 
banished, too. Until recently 
the service consisted of 
Judeo-Christian scriptural 
readings, devotional hymns, 
and "America the Beautiful." 

"That's fine," says Univer- 
sity Chaplain Janet Cooper 
Nelson, "but what does it do 
tor me if I'm a Pakistani 
Muslim?" Today on campus 
there are forty religious tradi- 
tions, nine ot which worship 
regularly. It makes sense that 
when Cooper Nelson came 
to Brown seven years ago. she 
rewrote the service to better 
represent the rehgious diver- 
sity of the graduates. 

This year the ceremony 
opened with the sounds 
ot Dougouto Nganya, a per- 
cussion group with members 
from Ghana, Mali, Nigeria, 
Senegal, and the United 
States. As the walls of the 
Meeting House reverberated 
with drumbeats, the student 
Lion Dance Team raced in to 
banish evil spirits with a tradi- 
tional Chinese and Vietnamese 
dance. Then followed a Mus- 
lim call to prayer, a Hindu 
blessing, a Hebrew chant, 
Mozart s "Laudate Dominum" 
(with a stunning solo by 
Maria Costa "97), and a New 



Testament reading from Paul's 
letter to the Philippians. 

By the time Bill Movers 
took the pulpit, many ot the 
world's major religions had 
been accounted for - an e.xer- 
cise in syncretism that wasn't 
lost on the Emmy award-win- 
ner and ordained Baptist min- 
ister. In his trademark sooth- 
ing voice, Moyers urged the 
graduates to face "a world of 
unscripted contradictions" by 
developing shared realities. "It 
has always been 'Give us this 
day our daily bread' - not 
ttif," he said. "Human beings 
advance by cooperating, not 
by rugged individualism." 
Amen. - Cluid Gaits 



Local Heroes 

Rciiic}iihcriii<^ victims of war 

ROBERT Steinsiuck Jr. '68 
was a brave man. A col- 
lege student during the Viet- 
nam War, he'd received a draft 
deferral. Yet after seeing a 
group of less fortunate young 
men standing in line at an 
induction station, he enlisted 
in the Marines. He died of 
shrapnel wounds in Vietnam 
during the summer of 1967. 

Thirty years later, the 
University is saluting him and 
204 others with a new war 
memorial that departing Pres- 
ident Gregorian dedicated on 
Lincoln Field Commence- 



ment weekend. 
The centerpiece 
ot the memorial 
area is an eight- 
toot-long, 6,500- 
pound slab of 
smooth Georgia 
granite etched 
with the names of 
Brown graduates 
lost in service 
during World War 
II, Korea, and 
Vietnam. Designed 
by tornrer art 
professor Richard 
Fleischner, the memorial 
stands near Soldiers Arch, the 
1921 monument that honors 
forty-three Brown men who 
died in World War I. 

A hght rain was falling 
Sunday morning as the Uni- 
versity Hall bell tolled 248 
times, once for each Brown 
victim. "It is my fervent wish," 
Gregorian told the solemn 
crowd huddled beneath 
umbrellas, "that I be the last 
Brown president to dedicate a 
new war memorial honoring 
[alumni] whose lives we shall 
no longer share." Besides 
Steinsieck, those remembered 
include one woman, Dorothy 
Dowell '18, who died in 
World War II while serving as 
a missionary in the Philip- 
pines; and Lt. Henri Mico- 




leau, a Brown professor who 
fought for his native France 
in World War I. "As far as [the 
war] was a necessary step in 
the realization of [our] free- 
doms, then of course my 
grandfather's death was not in 
vain," said Micoleau's grand- 
daughter, Elizabeth Tilling- 
hast Nadeau '61. "But thank 
goodness," she added, "I do 
not have to watch my chil- 
dren go off to war." 

World War II veteran 
Robert Steinsieck '41 did 
have to watch his son go to 
war. The death of Robert Jr. 
in Vietnam broke the family 
apart, Steinsieck told the 
crowd as he read aloud letters 
written by his three other 
children. "My brother died 
for something he believed 
in," wrote sister Carol. "He 
must have seen soine sense in 
it all. I still do not." 

After the speakers left the 
podium, after wreaths had 
been laid around the memor- 
ial, the Navy Band trumpeter 
rose and played taps. The clear 
notes rose into the fluttering 
elm leaves. The ram contin- 
ued to fall. - Anne Diffdy 



U.S. Senator and Korean War vet- 
eran John Chafee inspects the new 
war memorial on Lincoln Field. 




BROWN ALUMNI MONTHLY • I 9 



Under THE Elms 




IDABAND/ARENTSEN 



Occupational 
Hazards 

A debate over academic 
freedom 

RESEARCHING HEALTH 
risks in the workplace 
can itself be risky. Just ask 
David Kern, associate profes- 
sor of medicine and an 
occupational health specialist 
at Memorial Hospital in Paw- 
tucket, Rhode Island. This 
spring Kern triggered a con- 
troversy by claiming that 
his research on lung disease 
among workers at a local 
textile factory was being 
hushed up - by the company 
where he was conducting 
the research, by the hospital, 
and by University officials, 
who, Kern says, failed to sup- 
port him "against what 
others were trying to do." 

Research such as Kern's 
must balance academia's com- 
mitment to the tree exchange 
of information against a com- 
pany's need to keep some 
data internal. It was because 
of this need that on his first 
visit to Microfibres Inc. of 
Pawtucket, Kern signed a con- 
fidentiality agreement that, 
he claims, referred only to 
proprietary trade secrets. 



While occupational health 
physicians around the coun- 
try and some Brown faculty 
agree with Kern's interpreta- 
tion of the agreement, others 

— including Donald Marsh, 
dean of the School of Medi- 
cine — say the agreement 

IS much broader. And the 
University, says Marsh, "can- 
not be put in the position 
of advising faculty to violate 
contracts." 

It all began in late 1994, 
when Kern examined a man 
who was coughing and hav- 
ing ditficulry breathing. A 
referring lung specialist had 
already diagnosed an unusual 
condition called interstitial 
lung disease. Unconvinced, 
Kern paid a quick visit to 
the man's employer. Micro- 
fibres, signing the cont~iden- 
tiality agreement while he 
was there. He found no evi- 
dence to support the other 
doctor's diagnosis. 

More than a year later, 
another patient from the same 
factory was referred to Kern 

- one who did have interstitial 
lung disease. Kern notified 
Microfibres, and soon he was 
retained as a consultant. He 
presented Microfibres with 

a copy ot Memorial Hospi- 
tal's "Operating Principles 
and Guidelines," but pro- 



ceeded with his work with- 
out it being signed by the 
company. 

When Kern informed 
Microfibres last tall ot his 
intent to present his research 
at a spring professional meet- 
ing, the company, citing the 
1994 contidentiality agree- 
ment, threatened a lawsuit if 
he went forward. Kern alerted 
Peter Shank, associate dean 
for research at the medical 
school, who responded in a 
November letter that, because 
of the confidentiahry agree- 
ment, "I see no way in which 
you can publish results ot 
your studies at the company 
without their written 
approval." 

A month later Memorial 
Hospital shut down Kern's 
occupational health service. 
Marsh was notified of the 
imminent shutdown and, at 
the time, did not object. The 
implication, Kern wrote in a 
May letter to the faculty, was 
that "all academics at Brown 
are subject to punishment 
if their publications offend 
powerfial outside interests." 

Rick Dietz, vice president 
for public relations at Memo- 
rial, says the hospital is 
responding to legal action 
filed by Kern and cannot 
comment. 



Kern presented his 
research as planned at the 
May meeting of the American 
Thoracic Society. Around 
the same time Marsh 
announced that an internal 
University committee had 
determined that Memorial's 
closing of the occupational 
health service would make 
It impossible for Kern to 
conduct research - a viola- 
tion of his academic freedom. 

So the University, Marsh 
reports, negotiated with 
the hospital to ensure that 
Kern will be able to conduct 
research for the remaining 
two years of his five-year 
contract, plus one more year, 
by soliciting contracts with 
outside companies. Kern, 
however, points out that when 
his program at Memorial 
Hospital was shut down, he 
lost a full-time industrial 
hygenist whose absence will 
make it difficult for him to 
perform his work. 

With all the conflict, it is 
easy to overlook a fundamen- 
tal issue: people are sick with 
a potentially fatal disease. 
Everyone involved agrees that 
if hazardous working condi- 
tions exist at Microfibres, 
they must be corrected. And 
if that is the case, says Kern, 
"it doesn't matter what I 
signed. If there's a public 
health danger, I'm going to 
report it'' - Jeiiiiitcr Sultoii 



Less Heat, 
More Light 

Changing the rules on 
sex cases 

How SHOULD THE 
University respond to 
student accusations of sexual 
misconduct? That question 
has been on the minds ot 
many around campus since 
Sara Klein '99 accused Adam 
Lack '97 of sexually taking 



30 ♦ JULY 1997 



Under THE Elms 



.idv.int.ige of her wliile she 
was drunk last year. The details 
of the incident were ambigu- 
ous enough to generate 
heated campus controversy 
and. in January, to attract 
the attention of ABC News's 
J&30 (see "TV Tempest," 
Elms, March). For many stu- 
dents, the case raised trou- 
bling questions about the 
volatile combination ot alco- 
hol and sex. "It you drink," 
asked one student at a public 




Robin Rose: Opening new 
pathways to discussion. 

forum this spring, "do you 
always have recourse to an 
accusation [ot sexual miscon- 
duct] later?" 

Provost James Pomerantz 
and Dean of Student Life 
Robin Rose, meanwhile, 
were among those concerned 
about the level of polariza- 
tion surrounding the Univer- 
sity Disciplinary Council's 
(UDC) handling of the case 
(see "Taking the Stand," 
April). In December, former 
Dean of the College Sheila 
Blumstein was appointed 
to head an ad hoc committee 
evaluating the University's 
approach to sexual miscon- 
duct cases. In late April, atter 
consulting with students, tac- 
ulr\; and administrators, Blum- 
stein's committee presented 
its recommenclations. 

In general, the recom- 
mendations are aimed at pre- 
serving fairness during the 



disciplinarv process while try- 
ing to circumvent the wide- 
spread polarization so evident 
in the Lack/Klein case. The 
assumption is that sexual mis- 
conduct, because it typically 
involves conflicting views 
ot a private moment between 
two people, is ditTicult to 
adjudicate. Instead of having 
a case argued solely on a 
guilt-or-innocence basis 
before the UDC, where the 
potential consequences are 
dire for those involved, the 
report suggests an alternative 
it calls "structured negotia- 
tion" — giving students the 
option ot discussing, in 
person or through a media- 
tor, the facts of a case as 
they see them. 

"It's amazing how two 
different people can look at 
the e.xact same behavior and 
see, or feel, two totally differ- 
ent things," Rose says. "Peo- 
ple in dean's meetings, when 
the stakes aren't as high, are 
more able to see the other 
person's story." 

When cases do make it 
to the UDC, the Blumstein 
committee suggests modifying 
the practice of allowing case 
presenters - most often 
faculty members - to present 
arguments and cross-e.xamine 
witnesses. Accuser and accused 
could still retain advisers to 
help prepare their cases, but 
only UDC members could 
direct questions to the accuser, 
the accused, and any witnesses. 
Either side, however, could 
suggest questions in writing 
for the UDC to consider. 

The neetl tor reform 
became evident again last 
October, when a Jordanian 
student was accused of raping 
his girlfriend, also a Brown 
student. When the UDC 
opted not to hear the case, 
the accuser's father charged 
through the federal Office 
of Civil Rights that the Uni- 
versity had violated Title 
IX, the federal law prohibit- 



ing se.xual discrimination 
in higher education. The two 
students ultimately resolved 
the case privately, and the 
father withdrew the civil 
rights complaint, but not 
before the UDC's lack 
of action became fodder for 
the Bwwn Daily Hemid, the 
Providence Phoenix, and the 
Chronicle of Hiijher Education. 
Before becoming official 
policy, the recommendations 
of the ad hoc committee 
must be approved by the 
Corporation. — Chad Gaits 



Potent Placebos 

One student's iriiidikdhlc 
research 

GOOD MEDICINE depends 
on good science. If her 
early scientific work is any 
indication, second-year med- 
ical student Neetha Shetty 
'95 is going to be quite a 
doctor. In April, the Ameri- 
can Academy of Neurology 
awarded her its G. Milton 
Shy Award for best clinical 
research paper by a U.S. 
medical student. 

Shetty 's work, done under 
the supervision of Professor 
of Neurology and Clinical 



Neurosciences Joseph Fried- 
man, focused on placebos. 
These innocuous substances 
are given to volunteers in 
drug trials as a control against 
which to compare the drug's 
effects. Although placebos are 
supposed to have no medici- 
nal effect, patients taking 
them in drug trials some- 
times experience a change in 
their condition, a phenome- 
non especially pronounced 
among people with Parkin- 
son's disease. 

Shetty began her work by 
poring over scientific articles 
on Parkinson's. In the ninety- 
eight studies she looked at, 
she found that placebos pro- 
duced a change in a whop- 
ping 70 percent of patients. 
To test this, she examined the 
response of 198 volunteers 
participating in a five-year 
study ot the disease. The con- 
dition of 71 percent either 
improved or worsened after 
receiving placebos, a figure 
remarkably consistent with 
the one she'd calculated from 
the scientific Uterature. 

According to a statement 
by Friedman, Shetty 's results 
"prove that placebo response 
has to be looked at caretiiUy 
in future Parkinson's disease 
trials." — Jennifer Sutton 




BROWN ALUMNI MONTHLY' ♦ 21 



Sports 



BY PETER MANDEl 



The Year of the 
Women 

igg6—gy's bests and worsts 

I ■ ven in the corridors of the Pizzi- 
^ -* tola Center you could hear the 
rumblings. This past year, according to 
those m the know, was one of the worst 
for men's sports. How bad was it? I 
decided to tally wins and losses, excluding 
teams such as golf and equestrian that 
compete in multiple-squad tournaments. 
I found that, as of early May, Brown's 
men's teams had won 107 contests, lost 
131, and tied seven. 

Over the same period, women's teams 
prevailed m 154 games while losing only 
ninety-five and tying six. It may be the 
ultimate irony of 1996-97: Just as the U.S. 
Supreme Court let stand a district court 
judgment that Brown has too few female 
athletes, the school's women were 
demonstrating that, on the field at least, 
they now have the upper hand. 

Best untold story. For the tirst time ever, 
women's tennis broke into the national 
collegiate rankings, climbing from sev- 
enty-fifth (dead last) to thirty-fifth. After 
an undefeated regular season and an Ivy 
championship, the team became the first 
in Brown history to go to the NCAA 
regionals. (They were beaten by top- 
ranked WiUiam & Mary.) Trishna Patel '98 
was named Ivy Player of the Year and 
Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Player 
to Watch. The association also picked 
Norma Taylor as Coach of the Year. 

Best role model. Liz Turner, women's bas- 
ketball captain, was named first-team All- 
Ivy and was the only player to make the 
league's top ten in points, rebounds, and 
assists. In honor of her achievements. 
Brown trustee EHzabeth Zopfi Chace '59 
and her husband Malcolm endowed the 
$i.4-million Liz Turner '98 Coaching 
Chair for Women's Basketball. 

Best saves (Vol. I). Phoebe Manzella, 
women's crew coach, briefly became a 




local celebrity this spring when she beat 
Providence firemen to the punch and 
plucked a struggling swimmer from the 
near-freezing Seekonk River waters. 

Best rookie alumna, best rookie coach. Kern 
Whitaker '96, sixth on the all-time Brown 
leading scorer list, was named to the 1997 
U.S. National Lacrosse Team. Joining her 
on the team was Assistant Coach Kelly 
Amonte, a 1996 University of Maryland 
alumna. Only thirty women were picked 
for the national team roster. 

Best off-season achievement. After leading 
the women's ice hockey team to twenty- 
eight straight wins and the Ivy and ECAC 
regular-season titles. Ivy Player of the Year 
Katie King '97 and Rookie of the Year 
Tara Mounsey '00 competed on the U.S. 
team m April's World Championships. 
Although the U.S. lost the deciding game 
to Canada in overtime, both King and 
Mounsey (whom the New York Times has 
called "the Bobby Orr of the women's 
game") scored key goals. 

Best genes. Following in the churning 
footsteps of his power fullback dad, Paul J. 
Choquette Jr. '60, football tight end Paul 
Choquette '98 was named to the Football 
Gti:etre All-American first team. He 
became the first Brown player to play in a 
post-season all-star game since the Ivy 
League was formed. 



Clockwise from left: 
All-Ivy Liz Turner '98, 
scoring machine KerrI 
Whitaker '96, and 
life-saving crew coach 
Phoebe Manzella 



Best saves (Vol. II). At dawn on March 29, 
the second-ranked Syracuse men's la- 
crosse team had lost only six home games 
since 198 1. By sunset they had lost seven, 
thanks to a 20-12 Brown upset. The 
Orangemen couldn't find a way past the 
Bears' brilliant goaltender, Greg Cattrano 
"97, who compiled an unheard-of twenty- 
five saves. Cattrano earned Ivy Player of 
the Week honors, as well as the enmity ot 
an immense stadium full of orange-clad 
partisans. 

Worst-looking old college tie. Bob Gaudet, 
men's ice hockey coach since 1988 and 
the man responsible for turning the last- 
place Bears into consistent contenders for 
the ECAC and Ivy crowns, couldn't resist 
knotting a Big Green old-college tie this 
spring. Gaudet heeded the call of his alma 
mater and became Dartmouth's head 
coach. 

Worst set of hurdles. The day before soccer 
defenseman Uoug Ulman '99 was to report 
to preseason training camp last summer, 
he found out he had chondrosarcoma, a 
rare form of cancer. After surgery he 
returned to Brown. This spring Ulman 
was diagnosed with melanoma, a serious 
but often curable skin cancer. Rather than 
brood about his health, he has established 
the Ulman Fund to help "young adults . . . 
who have cancer or a parent or a brother 
or sister with cancer." O^ 



;2 ♦ I u LY 1997 



Studentside 

BY MATTHEW CILGOFF "98 



It was a howl of Corn Chex. I remem- 
ber tliat. I was four years old, eating 
cereal in the early evening. Sitting across 
the table from me in my family's apart- 
ment was my Aunt Barbara, 
who had been assigned the 
task of keeping me busy and »•'' 

happy on this very important c"-, 

■light. 

A few minutes earlier, >- ^ 
according to tamily legend, I'd 
been standing three feet trom 
my mother as she lay in bed, 
working her way through an 
intense contraction. She was 
making strange noises and 
breathing hard, but I was not 
afraid. She had warned me for 
weeks that when she was in 
labor she would make such 
noises. No one was being hurt, 
she'd told me; that's just what 
women having babies do. 

My mother had given 
birth to my two older brothers 
more conventionally - in a 
hospital room, surrounded by 
nurses she didn't know and a 
doctor who gave her drugs to 
speed the delivery so he 
wouldn't miss his dinner date. 
She didn't like the hospital: it's 
a place for sick people, she 
said. So she had me at home, 
assisted by a midwife and sur- 
rounded by the entire family. 
My oldest brother went to 
nursery school the next day and bragged 
to his friends about what he had seen, 
leading his teacher to lecture the class 
on the evils of lying. It wasn't until my 
mother vouched for his story that he v/as 
exonerated. 

But standing in my parents' bedroom, 
I couldn't help thinking that the grown- 
ups were making a big deal out of a 
strange thing. Except for my mom's 
grunting and heavy breathing, nothing 
was going on. 

"When IS she going to have the 
baby?" I asked. 

"It could take quite a while," my aunt 
replied. Four-year-old boredom set in, so 
1 headed for the kitchen and the Corn 
Chex. Two hours later, long past my 



Home Delivery 

A student watches his iitother 
give birth — twice. 




JANE O'CONOR 

bedtime, I wandered back into the bed- 
room to find my mother, father, brothers, 
aunt, cousin, uncle, and the midwife - 
but still no baby. I was a bit disappointed 
in my mother. 

The story has it that I played with my 
cousin aU night long and sporadically 
checked in on my mother. Finally, around 
midnight, things started to happen. First 
I saw a head: an hour later, a body: even- 
tually, a whole baby girl. The umbilical 
cord was cut. Then out came the placenta, 
which confused me a little, but its func- 
tion was explained to me just as every- 
thing else had been. 

I waited patiently as my mother 
nursed the baby, as my tather and each 
older brother held her. Then it was my 



turn. My new sister was tiny, but 1 was 
pretty small myself, so I had to use my 
whole body to support her. She lay qui- 
etly in my arms, her eyes wide open. 1 
leaned my head close to hers to 
let her know who I was. I told 
her I would take care of her. 

When my mother gave 
hirth to my little brother at 
home tour years later, it telt 
like a television rerun. It wasn't 
until years later that 1 started to 
understand how unusual my 
experiences had been. When 
friends visit my family's apart- 
ment and I show them the bed 
I was born on, they think I'm 
joking. One time, after hearing 
some girls in my dorm discuss 
how drugged they want to be 
during childbirth, I offered that 
some ot those drugs are dan- 
gerous, that some women find 
the pain not as bad as they'd 
expected. The girls looked at 
me as if I was crazy. "What 
do you know about childbirth?" 
one ot them demanded. "You're 
a guy." They started to laugh. 
"I've been in on two births 
firsthand," I responded. "What 
do you know?" 

The way my mother 
brought me into the world 
helped teach me two important 
lessons. The first: to evaluate 
problems on your own and not 
always accept the norms of society if you 
believe there might be a better way. The 
second: to keep your family close. My 
mother thought leaving her children tor 
days and then returning with a new baby 
who'd get lots of attention might not 
be the best thing tor tamily unity. She 
and my father never torced us to witness 
the births, which were treated as normal 
but exciting events at which every family 
member was welcome. The love and pro- 
tectiveness I feel toward my family are 
built on many things, but holding my 
little sister in her beginning moments of 
lite was one of the first, c^ 

Matthew Gil^off is a psychology coiicciumlor 
from Neu'York City. 



BROWN ALUMNI MONTHLY • 2 } 



Books 



BY NORMAN BOUCHER 



The Accidental Wilderness 



The Adiiviidacks:A History of America's 
First IVilderness^hy Paul Schneider 'S4 
(Henry Holt, 368 pages, $25). 

T 

I en million people wiU visit New 
^ York's Adirondack Park this year, 
most of them in search of wilderness. But 
can anyplace with 10 million visitors truly 
be called one? As the essayist Edward 
Hoagland has observed, wilderness in the 
United States is perpetually in danger of 
being loved to death. How else to e.xplain 
all those Ford Broncos and Jeep Chero- 
kees? Never mind that most of them 
never leave pavement; in our image- 
obsessed age, a car's association with back- 
country adventure is as good as the real 
thing. Wilderness is not a place but an 
idea. 

This distinction hes at the heart ot 
Paul Schneider's breezy and absorbing 
summary of the Adirondacks' last 300 
years. Although his book is subtitled A 
History of America's First Wilderness, in the 
introduction Schneider more accurately 
calls it a romance - "a story of first love 
between Americans and a thing they call 
wilderness." Like all good romances, the 
book is full of vivid characters. Mv own 



favorite is an Irishman named William 
Johnson, who took charge of Indian 
affairs m New York State in 1746 when 
both the Enghsh and the French were 
paying ten pounds to any Iroquois who 
could produce the scalp of a Frenchman 
or a Huron brave. 

Johnson, who built a mansion deep in 
the wilderness, learned Mohawk and, in 
the words of one biographer, was "unen- 
cumbered with those seemingly revealed 
preconceptions . . . that make most people 
unreceptive to exotic thought." He was a 
study in contrasts and contradictions. 
When deahng with fellow colonists, 
Johnson wore a powdered wig and knick- 
ers, but around the Mohawks a breech- 
cloth sufficed. He was an advocate for 
Indians, yet he kept African slaves. "John- 
son respected the Mohawks," Schneider 
writes, "but he was both a proud product 
and an agent of the advancing white fron- 
tier." Schneider observes that Johnson was 
the first European to see the wilderness as 
a place in which to have a rollicking good 
time, a contrast to the earlier Puritan atti- 
tude that wilderness was the seat of Satan, 
the home ot evil savages. 

The Adirondacks is particularly good at 
tracing attitude shifts toward the New 
York wilderness, shifts that also apply 




ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Paul Schneider studied history and economics at Brown, and 
planned, he says, "to save the Third World." When that didn't 
work out, he took a job as a fact-checker at the now-defunct New 
England Monthly and soon published his first magazine article, 
about canoeing the St, John River in northern IVlaine. The Adiron- 
dacks, his first book, originated with a 1992 assignment from 
Audubon magazine to write about the centennial of the Adiron- 
dack Park. Looking for a way to learn more about the history of 
wilderness in the United States, he discovered that its early roots 
lay a half-day's drive from his New York City apartment. Schneider 
intends to write another book, but he adds, "Now that I know 
more about how much work and effort and time goes into a 
book, I'm being cautious." Meanwhile, he writes features for 
Audubon and a monthly travel column for Elle. 




more broadly across the continent. When 
colonists were not levehng the forest with 
religious fervor, they were viewing it as a 
messy warehouse of useful and profitable 
goods - "a place of opportunity," in 
Schneider's understated phrase. Beavers 
were trapped nearly to extinction for 
their fur, while animals such as moose and 
panthers disappeared to supply both meat 
for the market and game for wealthy 
sportsmen. Later centuries brought iron- 
ore mining to the Adirondacks, as well as 
large-scale logging operations that con- 
tinue today. 

It was to preserve such utilitarian 
resources that the 6-million-acre Adiron- 
dack State Park was established. Schneider 
is adept at highlighting such ironies, 
which give his story depth and help him 
avoid the polarizing rhetoric of much of 
today's writing about wilderness. The 
Adirondack Park, he writes, "is occasion- 
ally described as an accidental wilderness. 
... Its original promoters were far more 
interested in water supplies for their 
canals and their downstate cities than they 
were in the preservation of wild places." 
Not until the late nineteenth century, 
with the rise of Emerson and the tran- 
scendentalists, were Puritan attitudes 
toward uncivilized nature reversed. Now 
it was the settled places that were cor- 
rupting and the wild ones that were, in 
Schneider's words, "residences of God." 

These conflicting points of view are 
reflected in the ownership pattern of 
today's Adirondack Park. The state-owned 



JULY 1997 



wilderness is probably the country's best 
protected, yet it constitutes only 43 per- 
cent of the park's area. The rest of the land 
— 3.4 million acres — is privately owned, 
and although regulated, it remains open 
to utilitarian uses. Schneider agrees with 
most environmentalists that the largest 
threat to the park comes from developers, 
heirs to the early colonists who beheved 
that even forested mountains could be 
turned into productive farmland. 

One of the earliest and least successful 
of these colonists was none other than 
John Brown, after whose family the Uni- 
versity is named. Brown, who was trea- 
surer of the College from 1775 to 1799, 
bought 210,000 acres of Adirondack 
wilderness in hopes of improving it just 
enough to subdivide and seU to farmers. 
The thin soil made tor poor farming, 
however, and the venture tailed. When 
Brown died in 1803, Schneider writes, 
"the lines were drawn and for the most 
part surveyed, the towns were named, but 
the place was still ... a howling wilder- 
ness." So it remained tor another century, 
until the state of New York created the 
Adirondack Park and decreed it would 
remain "forever. . . wild." 



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bwaithig Mark Twain: The Lives of Samuel 
Livighonie Clemens, by Andrew Hoffman 
'88 Ph.D. (William Morrow and Co., 572 
pages, S30). 

An ambitious contribution to our 
understanding of one ot Americas be- 
loved writers, Hotfhians book examines 
the relationship between the real Samuel 
Clemens and the fictitious Mark Twain. 
Hoffman, a visiting scholar in American 
civilization, is a good storyteller with a 
sharp eye for detail. Despite the moun- 
tains ot Twain scholarship that precede 
his work, he injects some original ideas, 
such as his contention that Twain may 
have been homosexual. Hoffman's only 
failing as biographer is a predilection for 
exaggeration. How much you enjoy 
Inventing Mark Twain will depend on what 
you make ot such statements as, "After 
Shakespeare, [Twain] is perhaps the most 
widely known writer the world has yet 
produced." 

No More lliu'o.^.' Mliat's Wrong with Federal 
Law Enforcement and How to Fix It, by 
David B. Kopel '82 and Paul H. Black- 
man (Prometheus Books, 530 pages, 
$26.95). 

"While the framers of the American 
Constitution would have found David 
Koresh repulsive," the authors write, "they 
would have been far more disturbed at 
. . . the use of the military against Ameri- 
can citizens." A sense of outrage propels 
this alarming account of government 
blunders during the siege of the Texas 
Branch Davidians. Excruciatingly docu- 
mented (one thirty-page chapter has 272 
endnotes) yet readable, A"ci More Wacos 
portrays Koresh as an intractable zealot, 
but at the same time explains how fed- 
eral agents misunderstood the Davidians, 
especially Koresh, with disastrous conse- 
quences. — Chad Gaits 



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BROWN ALUMNI MONTHLY ♦ 2 <, 



Vartan Gregorian leaves Broii'ii with a 
hiiniished reputation ami a cai)ipus in solid 
financial and physical shape. His most 
enduring legacy, though, may be confidence. 



Mission 
Accomplished 



BY MARC WORTMAN '78 



Running a major American university is a 
dauntmg task; some might call it close to 
impossible. The institution's needs are vast. 
Its operations make up a virtual city-state. A college 
president's duties range from fund-raising to labor 
negotiations, from academic politicking to budget 
number crunching. 

Vartan Gregorian, Brown's sixteenth president, 
has done all that and more. This month he leaves his 
post after nearly nine years in office to assume lead- 
ership of the Carnegie Corporation, one of the 
nation's best-known and richest foundations. At the 
end of the Gregorian era, the University enjoys 
unprecedented national and international stature and 
boasts a thriving campus. Each year the admission 
office selects freshman classes from a huge pool of 
intensely weU-quahfied candidates. Older campus 
facilities have undergone renovations, and numerous 
new buildings have been completed or are under con- 
struction. The recent Campaign for Brown exceeded 
its goal by nearly Sioo million. And a university that 
has struggled in the past to make ends meet has tripled 
Its endowment over the past decade to nearly Si bil- 
Uon and will complete its eighteenth year with a bal- 
anced budget. "Brown is in good shape financially 
and administratively," Gregorian says, adding wryly, 
"My successor is going to be a very lucky person." 



Marc IVorimaii of New Havcit, Coniifcticnt, has unillcii 
about edncallcn, health, and other issues for Town & 
Country, Lingua Franca, and Self He was the found- 
ing editor of theYaie Children's Health Letter. 



While some of the University's enviable position- 
ing reflects trends that predate Gregonan's years on 
College Hill, there is no question the man's enthusi- 
asm, vision, and visibility have helped Brown shed its 
self-image as a lesser institution among elite universi- 
ties. Gregorian has told each entering class since he 
arrived that they are "the best class ever" - and based 
on ever rising academic indices, he's been telling the 
truth. "Brown has always been good," says former 
Dean of the College Sheila Blumstein, a member of 
the faculty since 1970. "We had great students then 
and great students today, but in some sense we didn't 
have enough confidence. We've learned to celebrate 
the good in everything here." 

Faculty' have basked in Gregorian's sometimes 
ornate praise: they are, he has assured them, "the 
bone and marrow" of the University. Among his 
highest priorities have been the addition of dozens of 
endowed faculty chairs and, in a move thought to be 
unique among major American universities, the cre- 
ation of twenty endowed assistant professorships to 
attract a "rising generation" of talent. His additions to 
the University calendar include an annual faculty 
honors convocation to recognize exceptional 
achievements in research and teaching. No wonder 
the mood at Brown is generally bright. 

Gregorian emphasizes the point often. "Brown," 
he says, "should never have an inferiority complex 
with our sister institutions. To me. Brown is great, 
and 1 have acted always as if it is great without brag- 
ging or apologizing. We should be proud that we 
have a different approach [from other universities]. I 
don't want Brown to be anything but Brown." 



BRCJWN ALUMNI MONTHLY • 27 



Despite his seemingly endless enthusiasm tor the 
institution and his work, though, Gregorian thinks 
few people would be happy doing what he does. "As 
a job," he sighs, "it's for the birds." Clearly a stomach 
for conflict and controversy is crucial. Campus 
debates can generate intense public scrutiny and 
sometimes withering criticism, and the president 
bears the brunt of it. 

Known for his media-sawy ways, Gregorian was 
nonetheless dogged by contentious issues that found 
their way into the national spotlight. These included 
accusations of heavy-handed political correctness in 
student disciplinary proceedings and a 1992 protest 
of financial-aid budget policy in which 253 students 
occupied University Hall. Perhaps most notably, the 
University went all the way to the Supreme Court in 



Anyone who sees the Brown 

presidency as merely a job, 

Gregorian believes, can never 

succeed. "Only as a mission 

is it right. You have to have 

transcendental goals." 



a Tide IX-based legal battle following its 1991 demo- 
tion of two women's and two men's athletic teams 
from Brown-funded to donor-funded varsity status. 

When reporters, government otBcials, parents, 
and alumni call Brown regarding controversial, high- 
profile situations, they want to speak to the person at 
the top. They may not always reach the president 
himself; nevertheless, his beliefs and opinions must 
inform every public statement and news release 
issued on such hot topics. "It's unlike any other job," 
Gregorian says of this aspect of being president. "Each 
second I have to respond to a different stimulus." 

The landscape of academe is littered with the 
resumes of university presidents who tailed to meet 
the job's unforgiving demands. Many of them arrived 
with credentials every bit as impressive as Gregorian's 
record as head of the New York Pubhc Library and 
provost at the University of Pennsylvania. Why do 
some stumble and others, like Gregorian, succeed? 
The answer, in Gregorian's case, appears to be a blend 
of extraordinary personal skills and quasi-religious 
zeal. Anyone who sees the Brown presidency as 



merely a job, Gregorian believes, can never succeed. 
"Only as a mission^' he says, "is it right tor me and 
others like me. You have to have transcendental goals. 
Otherwise the nitty-gritty dehumanizes you, rou- 
tinizes you, and marginalizes you.You have to believe 
in your mission, which in this case is to shape the 
future and to strengthen America and democracy." 

Those are heady, idealistic words. Brown's faculty, 
students, alumni, staff, and laborers confirm their sin- 
cerity and underscore the campus's positive response 
to Gregorian's unique character. Martha Nussbaum, a 
professor of philosophy and classics who chaired the 
campus advisory committee for the selection process 
that brought Gregorian to Brown, left College Hill 
two years ago for the University of Chicago. (Grego- 
rian, she notes, "made it hard to leave.") Gregorian 
proved to be the imaginative scholar-educator the 
committee wanted, Nussbaum says, but he also 
brought with him a passion for justice. "He always 
took a stand for the intellectual as part of the larger 
culture," she says. "From his inaugural address on, he 
spoke regularly about the mission of the university to 
provide leadership on wider social issues. Whenever a 
social injustice occurred on campus, he didn't handle 
it in a procedural way but walked right out and 
addressed the student body personally." 

Stephen Graubard, professor of history emeritus 
and editor of Daedalus, the journal of the American 
Academy of Arts and Sciences, considers Gregorian 
to be "incontestably the greatest president Brown has 
had in this century, and arguably among the finest 
any^vhere." Graubard team-taught a course with 
Gregorian and worked closely with him on several 
other projects. He describes the president as possess- 
ing a rare combination of intellect, warmth, and 
administrative abilities. The result, Graubard says, was 
that Gregorian "brought in good people, and then he 
mobilized them to accomplish great things. He 
brought renown to Brown not just for himself, but 
for his ideas. There have been extraordinary changes 
in a very short time." 

When apprised of such accolades, Gregorian 
laughs and delivers one of his trademark quips: "The 
only reason I walk on water is because I can't swim." 



^^ uccess at Brown was far from a given when 
^^ Gregorian came to College Hill in the winter 

^^^ of 1989. His predecessor, the late Howard 
Swearer, left Brown much stronger than it had been 
when he arrived in 1976, but the University remained 
financially overextended. A $50-million backlog of 



2.S 



JULY 1997 




jty addrieSs. "Rather, the 
issujffito maintain and support our 
higii^raspirations." . 



so-called "deferred maintenance"' - a euphcniisni tor 
facilities in desperate need ot renovation - could no 
longer be put on hold without risking long-term 
harm to Brown's buildings. To address this and other 
pressmg needs, Gregorian moved quickly to slow bud- 



"He took a stand for the intellectual 
as part of the larger culture. 
When a social injustice occurred on 

campus, he walked out and 
addressed the students personally." 

- Former Professor of PHiLosorHv Martha Nussbaum 



getary growth through a five-year process of cutbacks 
and reallocations — an initiative that risked alienating 
some among Brown's ambitious faculty. 

From the outset Gregorian, a bachelor's-degree 
graduate ot Stantord's comprehensive Western civi- 
lization course of study, questioned the rigor ot the 
1969 New Curriculum, Brown's most distinctive fea- 
ture among elite American universities and a major 
draw for undergraduate applicants. Gregorian ordered 
an investigation, directed by then-Dean of the Col- 
lege Blumstein, ot the way students use the curricu- 



lum, with an eye toward doing a signiticant overhaul. 
But that proved to be unnecessary. Blumstein's com- 
mittee found that a large majority of students were 
not taking the path of least resistance, as critics con- 
tended, but instead were choosing a remarkably bal- 
anced and rigorous course of study, combining tradi- 
tional disciplinary studies with cross-disciplinary 
work. The study did result in the addition of two 
more course requirements for graduation, raising the 
minimum from twenty-eight to thirty credits. It also 
led to beefed-up student advising and an extensive 
list ot interdisciplinary University courses aimed at 
freshmen and sophomores. Gregorian ended up 
being a great advocate of the curriculum. "As an out- 
sider," he says, "I've seen the merits of its strengths." 

With such potentially adversarial opening moves, 
however, Gregorian easily could have been pegged as 
an interloper come to impose his version ot fiscal 
austerity and academic order on an unruly populace. 
University presidents have been given a limo ride to 
the airport for lesser offenses. Yet Gregorian proved 
to be anything but a meddler. Robert A. Reichley, 
who retired last year as executive vice president for 
University relations and continued as University sec- 
retary, came to Brown nearly thirty years ago and 
worked with four presidents. He believes the man 
and the era were an ideal match. Howard Swearer's 
presidency, Reichley explains, brought Brown out of 
an era of social turmoil and budget crises toward 
much-needed financial stability; during Swearer's 
time. Brown enjoyed an upswing in popularity that 



BROWN ALUMNI M t) N T H L "i • 2 <J 



led to Its being dubbed a "hot college" by the news 
media. This relative strength set the stage for a presi- 
dent capable of boosting the University's national 
and international prestige. "Gregorian could be the 
public president Brown needed," Reichley says. "He 
carried Brown with him by virtue ot what he did." 

What he did was compile a record of national 
visibility and e.xceptional accomplishment. In an era 
of fiscal restraint in higher education, coupled with 
intense competition among elite universities, Grego- 
rian guided the launch of many new programs and 
expanded some existing ones, simultaneously slowing 
the growth of the University's budget and its tuition 
increases. An acclaimed tund-raiser, he led the 
recently concluded campaign that met its $450-mil- 
lion goal - by far the largest in Brown's or any 
Rhode Island institution's history — six months ahead 
of schedule, topping out at $534 million. New funds 
and careful management allowed Brown to form 
eleven new academic departments, to add seventy- 
two endowed professorships, to recruit 265 new fac- 
ulty members, to reach its 3 millionth volume in the 
library holdings less than a decade after acquiring its 
2 millionth, to build new academic and dormitory 
facilities, and to virtually eliminate the deferred- 
maintenance agenda. 

He bristles at the notion that 

he would limit speech on campus: 

"I kept academic freedom 

strong at Brown. Nobody was denied 

the opportunity to speak." 



Even as Gregorian presided over these triumphs, 
he struggled with a university president's day-to-day 
problems - student protests, faculty criticism, alumni 
complaints - as well as a few crises particular to Brown. 
While the financial aid budget has doubled during 
Gregorian 's tenure, it remains shy of fuUy funding the 
needs of all admitted students. The University's cam- 
paign aimed to significantly increase the financial-aid 
endowment, but its planners felt achieving com- 
pletely need-blind admissions in a five-year fund- 
raising span would be unrealistic. Some students dis- 
agreed, and on April 22, 1992, protesters occupied 
University Hall. In what for Brown was an unprece- 
dented move, at the end of the day 253 students were 
arrested. "When I came here," Gregorian explains, "1 



said 1 don't accept demands from anyone. I accept 
petitions." 

Some were surprised to see the president stand 
up to student activists. "People were shocked," Gre- 
gorian recalls. " 'This is Brown,' they told me. 'You 
can't do that.' " After all, Brown had been perceived 
as a center tor pohtical correctness. When a student 
was expelled in 1991 for shouting racist threats at 
other students. Brown and Gregorian were pilloried 
for upholding a so-called hate-speech code. "The 
press took him apart," recalls Reichley. "It was night- 
marish. He spent an enormous amount of time and 
energy trying to interpret the situation for outsiders." 
In a BAM interview a few years later, Gregorian 
explained his position: "There is a difference 
between unpopular ideas expressed in a public con- 
text and epithets delivered in the context of harass- 
ing, intimidating, or demeaning behavior. At Brown, 
we expect our students to know the difference." He 
still bristles at the notion that he would advocate 
limiting speech on campus. "I kept academic free- 
dom strong at Brown," Gregorian insists. "Nobody 
was denied the opportunity to speak or to hold a 
position here." Indeed, during his presidency campus 
speakers included such diverse national figures as 
conservative Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia 
and radical scholar Angela Davis. 

Complex issues that resulted in public contro- 
versy followed Gregorian virtually to the final days 
of his presidency. In March, ABC television ran a seg- 
ment on 20/20 about the case of Adam Lack '97, who 
was found guilty of sexual misconduct by the Uni- 
versity Disciplinary Committee after having sex with 
a drunken fellow student. (See "Taking the Stand," 
April.) In late April the U.S. Supreme Court 
declined to consider Brown's appeal in the Title IX 
sex-discrimination suit. Affer a U.S. District Court 
judge decided against the University in August 1995, 
Gregorian criticized the court's ruUng for basing its 
measurement of discrimination on a "quota stan- 
dard" that would require Brown to provide varsity 
athletic opportunities in proportion to the under- 
graduate gender ratio. Not one known to give up a 
position he believes is right, Gregorian continues to 
disagree publicly with the ruling. In a May letter to 
alumni and parents, he contended the compliance 
order that Brown must now fulfill "does not measure 
an institution's commitment to equal opportunity. . . . 
Rather, it counts only numbers and rewards institu- 
tions that are able to manipulate their statistics to 
achieve a numerical goal." While many admire Gre- 
gorian's tenacious adherence to his behefs, others feel 
an earlier settlement would have avoided costly legal 
bills and negative publicity. 



30 . JULY 1997 



Controversies notwithstanding, throughout 
Gregorian's presidency Brown has remained 
tremendously popular Last year, 15,012 
apphcants applied for admission to the College, 2.856 
were admitted and a record 47 percent chose to 
enrol]. Brown is now one of the most selective 
schools in the country. The undergraduate popula- 
tion is the most racially and geographically diverse 
ever, with 29 percent drawn from minority groups 
and nearly half of the world's nations represented. 

Brown's current momentum may have begun in 
the 1970s, but It is Gregorian who has raised the 

"No Ivy president since 

Harvard's Charles William Eliot 

has been more deeply engaged 

in the reform of public education." 

- Professor Emeritus of Education Ted Sizer 

University's national and international profile to its 
current height. An exuberant man who is happy in 
the spotlight, he traveled extensively and made innu- 
merable pubUc appearances ranging from meeting 
with President Clinton in the White House to testi- 
f\-iiig before congressional committees to celebrating 
the Brown crew's triumph on the banks ot the Hen- 
ley. In the local community he was active as well, at 
one point chairing a special commission that 
reviewed the political and economic conditions in 
Rhode Island that in 1991 had led to a massive col- 
lapse of credit unions. Scathingly critical of the state's 
banking regulatory system, the Gregorian Commis- 
sion's report helped push a reluctant legislature to 
undertake extensive reforms. 

Nationally, Gregorian served as principal adviser 
to his triend Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg on 
the philanthropist's Ssoo-nuUion Annenberg Chal- 
lenge, a matching-grant program aimed at improving 
public schools. As home to the Coahtion of Essential 
Schools, a national consortium ot reform-minded 
high schools. Brown had been a center for education 
reform since the mid-1980s: the Annenberg connec- 
tion further strengthened Brown's leaciership. Profes- 
sor Emeritus of Education Theodore Sizer, one of 
the nation's foremost school reformers and the 
Coahtion's founder, credits Gregorian with inspiring 
Annenberg to invest in innovative solutions to edu- 
cational problems. "The way to do it, and the lever- 



age on the public and private sectors, are all Grego- 
rian," Sizer says. 

The philanthropist's largesse also unden\Tote the 
expansion of the Institute for School Reform, based at 
Brown and established by Sizer in October 1993 with 
an anonymous $5-million gift. Following Annenberg's 
1993 gift to the institute of S50 miUion, it was renamed 
the Annenberg Institute for School Reforin. "The 
Annenberg Institute commits the University for the 
long haul to dealing with problems of public educa- 
tion. That," says Sizer, "will permanendy affect Brown." 

Sizer praises Gregorian tor putting Brown 
squarely in the middle of a debate some might regard 
as outside the purview of an elite, private university-. 
"There are not many university presidents who think 
beyond their borders these days," says Sizer. "He's 
absolutely staunch in taking the time to work on 
issues far beyond College Hill." Sizer believes Grego- 
rian's efforts to improve public education will be 
ranked among the greatest by any American educa- 
tor; "No sitting I\'y League president since Harvard's 
Charles William Eliot [president from 1869 to 1909] 
has been more deeply engaged in the reform of pub- 
lic education." 

"Greg took the initiative to become involved in 
education on a national basis not to glorify himself, 
but because a president of a major university must be 
responsible for the educational system of the whole 
country," says Chancellor Artemis Joukowsky '55. 
"By association, he's doing it for Brown. He gives 
Brown an extra-special identity." 

To hear Gregorian tell it, the concept is simply 
common sense. "Brown," he says, "has an obligation 
to explore solutions [to the problems afflicting 
today's public schools] because it affects aU of us." 



HIS approach to another vexing educational 
issue was equally pragmatic. From the out- 
set of his presidency, Gregorian made clear 
his determination to address the shortage of certain 
minority groups in the professoriat, especially in the 
sciences. Today's demand tor African-American, 
Native American, and Hispanic scholars means that 
when one university lures a minority scholar to its 
campus, another academic community- loses out. "It's 
dishonest to play a revolving-door game without 
increasing the supply," says Gregorian. "It may solve 
one institution's problem, but not the nation's." So he 
set out to solve the bigger problem. 

Although Brown had, decades earlier, affiliated 
with historically black Tougaloo College in Missis- 
sippi, Gregorian felt more needed to be done. He 



BRtJWN ALUMNI MONTHLY ♦ 3 I 




The president's watch adds a light touch to a heavy schedule. 

asked Professor of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, 
and Biochemistry James Wyche to direct a new ini- 
tiative called the Leadership Alliance, which was 
launched in January 1992. In the beginning, Grego- 
rian "s intent was to increase the pool of minority 
candidates for Brown's graduate school, thus helping 
Brown contribute to a larger pool of minority Ph.D. 
holders nationally. However, he soon realized that 
Brown could do very little alone. Wyche, who is now 
associate provost as well as e.xecutive director of the 
Leadership Alliance, praises Gregorians ability to see 
diversity as a global issue. "He went to a meeting of 
the Council of Iv\' League Presidents," Wyche recalls, 
"and asked if, instead of competing, we could pool 
our resources to help with a national problem." The 
other presidents agreed to cooperate. Based at 
Brown, the Leadership Alliance has since grown to 
include twent\--four partner institutions, including all 
of the Ivies and a handful of other research universi- 
ties, as well as ten historically black colleges, seven 
tribal colleges, and the University of Puerto Rico 
system. With public and private grants, the Leader- 
ship Alhance has created faculty development pro- 
grams, undergraduate summer research grants, a vari- 
ety' of national and international partnerships, and a 
mentoring network. 

From its initial focus on the sciences, the Alliance 
has expanded across the disciplinary spectrum. 
Wyche estimates that of undergraduates participating 
in the program by the year 2001, close to 500 will 
matriculate into graduate programs, with one-third 
in the sciences. "Over time we could increase by 50 
percent the number of Ph.D.s graduating annually in 
underrepresented groups in the sciences," he says. 
"That's a real impact." 



How many of those future scientists will end up 
at Brown? No one can say. And for Gregorian, that 
isn't the issue. "The country needs leadership in these 
areas," he says. "Why not Brown? Brown has never 
been afraid to take risk and responsibility." 



A any leader who spends significant time 
working on projects away from campus — be 
they education reform or raising money — is 
vulnerable to charges that he is skimping on involve- 
ment in campus affairs. And indeed, some faculty 
grumbled that Gregorian was an external president, 
more concerned with the world "out there" than 
with campus governance and Brown scholars. But 
many others see him as a leader who got to know 
thousands of employees and students by name and 
who took a personal interest in their careers. Sheila 
Blumstein, who has left the deanery to return to 
research and teaching as professor of cognitiv'e and 
hnguistic sciences, says: "For better or worse. Brown 
has a tradition of thinking of itself as a tiny university. 
The community has the expectation to see the presi- 
dent as our leader; he has to be here. Gregorian has 
taken the time to make connections. He's a hands-on 
president." 

"Hands-on" has meant not only knowing his 
community, but also teaching an undergraduate 
course every year except the one just ended. He has 
taken on nine student advisees each year, meeting 
weekly with them in his home. "I am a faculty per- 
son," he is fond of emphasizing. "I am a teacher. I'm 
part of the body of the University." While no one 
would question Gregorian's passionate identification 
with the teachers from whose ranks he rose, his con- 
tinuing involvement also happens to make for effec- 
tive faculty-management strategy. "This way," he says, 
"nobody can come and complain to me about how 
hard they have to work." 

Gregorian's engaging style has been most 
famously on display in his public personal interac- 
tions. Many graduates of the past eight years left 
Brown not only with a diploma but also with mem- 
ories of a trademark Gregorian embrace. "It's fun to 
watch him walk across campus, because he's always 
giving people big bear hugs," says Catherine Duggan 
'98, vice president of the Undergraduate Council of 
Students. "Everybody loves him." 

"He has an extremely strong rapport with stu- 
dents," says Professor of Biology Frank Rothman, 
who served as provost from 1990 through 1995. 
"Walking across campus [with him] was a time-con- 
suming matter. He'd stop and shake every student's 



3^ 



JULY 1997 



hand. If you wanted to get somewhere on time with 
him, you had to plan this in. It seemed symbolic, but 
he really cared." 

Perhaps it was his childhood exposure to colortul 
characters passing through his grandfathers cara- 
vansary in Tabriz, northern Iran; or maybe it's simply 
his innate curiosirv- about people from all walks of 
hfe. Whatever the reason, Gregorian has endeared 
himself to hundreds of employees. During his time at 
Brown he regularly joined several members of the 
plant operations staff for drinks at a Portuguese 
restaurant in East Providence. Lead steamfitter and 



Gregorian "broke the mold. 
I don't think any president before him 

had gone out with the blue shirts. 

It's usually hard to talk to a president, 

but with him it's easy." 

- Lead steamfitter Lenny Arzoomanian 



fellow Armenian American Lenny Arzoomanian says 
Gregorian "broke the mold here. I don't think any 
president before him had gone out with the blue 
shirts. It's usually hard to talk to a president, but with 
him it's easy. He's an amazing character." Gregorian 
also made sure to name a building for a plant opera- 
tions worker, Phil Andrews, who retired after fort^'- 
seven years of Umversity service. "I have great 
respect for work and workers," Gregorian says. 
Besides, he adds, "I become more effective by work- 
ing with people who know I respect them." 



Gregorian's efforts to manage Brown, gener- 
ate ideas, raise money to implement them, 
and serve the educational mission of the 
University and the nation required Herculean 
endurance. He rs'pically put in seventeen-hour days, 
seven days a week. The labors have taken their toll. 
During an interview this spring, he had just returned 
from having an MRI that revealed a slipped disk. He 
squeezed m the doctor's visit between meetings with 
parents and potential freshmen who were on campus 
that weekend. He'd also spent time with the families 
of two students, one of whom was killed and another 
critically injured the previous weekend when a 



third-floor apartment window they were leaning 
against gave way. The man with the fabled boundless 
energy was clearly tired and in pain. 

In his Universirs' Hall office, with portraits of his 
predecessors looking over his shoulder, Gregorian 
admitted his fatigue. "Work is a duty and not always a 
pleasure," he said. "I feel obligated by the fact that 
I'm responsible for the welfare of a cominunity of 
10,000 people and their families. I feel obligated to 
the history of Brown. I have never been any place 
where I haven't given all my energy."Then he added, 
"Physical fatigue I can take, but mental fatigue 
destroys you." 

Gregorian's friend Ted Eddy, president emeritus 
of the University of Rhode Island and himself a 
Providence school-reform leader, believes Gregorian 
has timed his departure wisely. "There's a point at 
which you build an institution to a certain level and 
accomplish certain things." he says. "Then it is time 
to let somebody else come in with new ideas. The 
wise president knows when to get out." 

When Gregorian accepted the mission of leading 
Brown, he said he would remain here between five 
and ten vears. He kept his word, and now he looks 
forward to being free of the constraints a universiU' 
can place on its leader. "I can't express my opinion 
on important issues without fear of alienating seg- 
ments of the faculty', students, and alumni." he says. "It 
burns me up, because I'm highly political." And, he 
adds, in his new career with Carnegie he won't miss 
hounding donors for money. "People say they never 
see the back of my hand, only my palm," he jokes. 
"[At Carnegie] I want to deal with the same issues I 
did at Brown, but as a giver, not a receiver." 

Gregorian, who left behind his small central 
Asian childhood home and his family fifty years ago, 
is confident that this is the right time to move on 
again — both for him and for the University. "It will 
be sad not to be at Brown," he says. "I'll miss the stu- 
dents most. At the same time, I won't look back with 
nostalgia." Its financial underpinnings strengthened 
and its confidence at an all-time high. Brown seems 
equally poised for the post-Gregorian era. 

In the letter of resignation Gregorian sent in Jan- 
uary to Alva O. Way '51, then Brown's chancellor, the 
president quoted philosopher Alfred North White- 
head: "Great dreams of great dreamers are never ful- 
filled: they are transcended." Leaving Brown for 
Carnegie will allow Gregorian to dream new- 
dreams. "I did my part," he says. "I look always for- 
ward. It's scary, but liberating also." 

Those are inspiring words for a great universits' 
to keep in mind as it enters an era of new leadership 
and approaches a new century. c\&; 



BROWN .ALUMNI MONTHLY ♦ 




Brown's Papa Bear 

A GREGORIAN A L B U IVI 






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From day one Vartan Gregorian was a 
forceful presence on campus. He won ove ttMi 
Universit)' chancellors past and present: ' 
Alva Way 51 (right), Art Joukowsky 55 | 
(bottom, center), and the late 
Richard Salomon 32 
(bottom, left). 




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Proving himself to be a one-man booster 
club, Gregorian put Brown in the spotlight 
with the help of luminaries such as Hillary 
Rodham Clinton, Diaiie Sawyer, 
Shimon Peres, and Carly Simon. 





One on one: Gregorian 
appealed to the young, the 
old, the benefactors, and 
the politicians. Among 
them were the late Thomas 
Watson jr. 37 (above) and 
Providence Mayor Buddy 
Cianci (under umbrella). 
The president even 
charmed sheep. 





Clare Gregorian, the president's wife 
(above, right), was a good sport when 
her husband expanded his duties to 
include operating heavy machinery and 
marching with the Brown band. 



Author and humorist Calvin 
Trillin 

••The cultural influence of 
the presidency hasn't 
caught on with Clinton. 
Goobers and Coke m 
Arkansas need to be 
adapted to Beltway style - 
say, white wine with 
Goobers . . . Perrier with 
a twist and Goobers." 



Author Tom Wolfe 

••Great writers took it up 
as their natural task to ex- 
plain the spirit of the age 
they were in. . . .Today, if 
you're not in one chapter 
or another of the bank- 
ruptcy code, you just 
aren't a player." 



Literary critic and autobiog- 
RAPHER Alfred Kazin 

••Deconstruction is fashion- 
able but fallacious. ... I 
have total contempt for the 
pernicious influence of 
criticism that distances 
readers from authors. Who 
needs ideas about litera- 
ture? We need literature." 



National Book Award nominee 
Peter Matthiessen 

Oil Soutlni'cst Florida: 
••It is the most unregener- 
ate part of this country. 
It's very racist, very nar- 
row. [People there] dislike 
everyone, especially for- 
eigners - who could be 
anyone from the next 



county. 



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All the 





Widiin a few years of Vartan 
Gregorians arrival on Col- 
lege Hill, a veritable literary hit parade began 
wending its way to Brown to give free public 
lectures and readings. Audiences heard Nor- 
man Mailer bitterly denounce the "bad spiri- 
tual ecology" of plastic; Calvin Trillin poke 
fun at Bill Clinton's taste for Goobers; Susan 
Sontag argue for a stronger U.S. comniitment 
in Bosnia; and Tom Wolfe explore the Zeitgeist 
of the nineties. Since Gregorian established 
the President's Lecture Series in 1992, forty 



renowned scholars, Pulitzer-winning journal- 
ists. National Book Award recipients, Nobel 
laureates, and others have shared their wit and 
wisdom with the community. 

"Greg really did this himself," says Robert 
A. Reichley, secretary of the University and, 
in his former capacity as executive vice presi- 
dent for University relations, Gregorians point 
man for the series. Brown already had its share 
of high-powered guest speakers: the Ogden 
Lectures highlighted foreign affairs, the John 
Hazen Whites tackled politics, the Meiklejohns 



Author Norman Mailer 

Oil architecture: 
••If the building you are in 
is less agreeable than the 
building across the street, 
then the one you are in 
was put up later." 



Novelist and former Times 
columnist Anna Quindlen 

••Plot is never what a novel 
is about. Otherwise Anna 
Kaiviiiiia would be about 
a train accident." 



40 • JULY 1997 



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They Came to Brown 



Speakers from 
Mailer to Mankiller 
have rarefied the 
cultural climate 
on College Hill 





brought m world-class economists, and the 
Wayland Collegium focused on inter- 
disciplinary education. But there was a gap 
when it came to arts and letters. Gregorians 
idea, Reichley says, provided Brown with "a 
missing link." 

Gregorian had more than an idea; he had 
connections. When he headed the New York 
Public Library m the 1980s, Gregorian and 
the late Brown Chancellor Richard Salomon 
'32, a library trustee, helped found the Liter- 
ary Lions, an annual fund-raising event that 



brought m well-known writers tor dinner and 
conversation with benefactors. Lo and behold: 
many of the Lions soon began popping up at 
Brown. 

They haven't all been household names, 
but speakers such as Wole Soyuika, braiKuie du 
Plessi.x Gray, Stanley Elkin, and Nora Hphroii 
have woven a colorful, somelinies coiueiuious, 
tapestry of discussion. Such a lively result is 
what you'd expect from the University presi- 
dent .Arthur Schlesinger Jr. once referred to 
as "a great cultural impresario." - C'/hii/ G,ilf< 



Author and Harvard profes- 
sor Cornel West 

••To talk about race in 
America is to explore the 
wilderness inside our- 
selves and to come to 
terms with a history that 
we'd rather conceal." 



ii 



Playwright and scRthNWRiitR 
John Guare 

If we can have an art that 
tells the truth, and we 
can create a hunger m the 
audience for the truth, 
then that is art as the ulti- 
mate political force." 



1992 


1995-96 


Lord Noel G Annan 


John Ashbery 


1992-93 

Maya Angelou 
Claire Bloom 
Carlos Fuentes 


Nancy Milford 
Wilma Mankiller 
Cornel West 
Edmund White 
Hedrick Smith 


1993-94 


Eric Rouleau 


E L Dociorow 


John Guare 


Stanley Elkin 


Francine du 


Leslie Gelb 


Plessix Gray 


Jamaica Kincaid 


Tom Wolfe 


Liavid Levering Lewis 
Fatima Memissi 
Anna Quindlen 
Calvin Trillin 
Sir Crispin Tickell 


1996-97 

Umberto Eco 
Carlos Fuentes 
Sir John Elliott 
Stanley Wo 1 pert 


1994-95 


Oliver Sacks 


J Eraser Mustard 


Wole Soyinka 


William Styron 


David Halberstam 


Alfred Kazin 


Ken Burns 


Lord Anthony Quinton 


Nora Ephron 


Robert Caro 




Peter Matthiessen 




John Edgar Wideman 




Norman Mailer 




Susan Sontag 




Poet John Ashbery, introduc- 


ing HIS POEM, "snow": 


••1 was eatiiiy sushi the other 


day. The wrapper had a 



short line, then a longer 
one, then a short one — 
and so on, with a long 
sloppy line at the end. I 
ciecicied to write a poem 
that looked like that." 



Writer and former chief of 
THE Cherokee Nation Wilma 
Mankiller 

On Witii'c Auuiiuuis: 
•• From the outsitle you may 
see all the social indicators 
of decline, but from the 
mside I see an extremely 
tenacious people interested 
in holding on to their 
traditions." 



BROWN .ALUMNI M CJ N T H L V ♦ 4 I 



At his final Commencement, 

Brown 's president 
challenges graduates to give 
up cynicism for citizenship. 

♦ ♦♦ 

By Vartan Gregorian 



MY FELLOW seniors: Oil many occasions 
you have heard me warn you to resist 
the charm ot' cynicism, the most corrosive of human 
failings. Cynicism sows suspicion and distrust, demeans 
hope and debases idealism. It diminishes us all. 

I hope you have learned at Brown that education 
is not to be equated with the intellectual act ot clever 
debunking and the ehmination of aU beliefs. Educa- 
tion does not advocate the debunking of all myths 
and moving beyond all values. Its aim is not to pro- 
mote nihilism, a pathological fear of settled princi- 
ples, or an incapacity for commitment. Its aim has 
never been to destroy everything 
and conserve nothing. As C.S. 
Lewis put it so eloquently in his 
The Abolition of Mnir/'You cannot 
go 'explaining away' forever, or you 
will find that you 'explained away" 
explanation itselt. You cannot go 
on 'seeing through' things forever 
... it you see through everything, 
then everything is transparent. A 
wholly transparent world is an 
invisible world, to 'see through' all 
things IS the same as not to see." 
Yes, healthy skepticism is 
indispensable to distinguish the correct trom the false, 
the lie trom the truth. But an exaggeration ot the 
skeptical attitude can lead to cynicism and the dis- 
avowal ot aU values. Educated men and women must 
build and atfirm rather than merely deny and 
debunk. We must attempt to lead an examined life, 
not a life of spiritual negation. 

Today, as our sense ot community is weakened or 
disintegrating, when we have lost the understanding 
of the interdependence of the individual and the 
group - an interdependence that has existed below 
the level of consciousness in all healthy communities 
from the beginning of time - our task, your task, is to 
restore an awareness of that mutual dependence. Indi- 
viduals have a duty to nurture and constantly renew 
the community ot which they are a part. We must be 
committed to the continuous rebuilding of society 
and to the continuous reweaving of the social fabric. 
For a nation's greatness is measured not only by 
its gross national product or its military power, but 
also by the strength of its devotion to the principles 
and values that bind its people and define its charac- 
ter. National character depends on, and must be 
embodied in, the character of our people. This, in 
turn, is influenced by a sense of who we are as a 




^^^' 



i 




nation and what we believe. Our social and cultural 
institutions can only be as good as the people who 
serve in them. Policies are only as good as the public 
servants who implement them. Above all else, 
remember that we are citizens, citizens in a democ- 
racy, citizens of these United States. 

Without a sense of citizenship, we become moral 
isolationists. It is the concept and the essence of citi- 
zenship that unites a pluralistic democracy. It is citi- 
zenship that makes the social contract a moral trans- 
action, governing not only our behavior toward one 
another now, but toward generations past and future. 
We must remember that our society is more than a 
vast market and that individuals are more than pro- 
ducers, consumers, and entrepreneurs. We are a com- 
munity of citizens bound by mutual commitment, 
not by chance and circumstance. For treedom and 
obligation, liberty and duty, are intertwined. Individ- 
ual responsibility is at the heart ot a true democratic 
citizenship. 



42 ♦ JULY 1997 




c 

^ O MY DEAR SENIORS AND GRADUATES, please 

^^^^ do not surrender to the charm ot cynicism 
and cymes. After all, it is cynics who have tried to toist 
upon you the label ot Generation X. Such general- 
izations are not new. It was Henungway who, in 1926, 
borrow^ed a phrase from Gertrude Stein and gave the 
Lost Generation its name. That was followed by other 
facile characterizations, such as the Restive Thirties, 
the Conformist Forties, the Beat Generation of the 
fifties, the Unstable Sixties, the Me Generation of the 
seventies, and the Yuppies of the eighties. 

Adlai Stevenson was right when he said, "Noth- 
ing so dates a man as to decry the younger genera- 
tion." I ask that you refuse the title of Generation X 
and insist on a label that suits your highest ideals and 
aspirations. I know what those are, for I have wit- 
nessed hrsthand your idealism, your understanding, 
the high expectations you have of yourself and your 
peers, the 50,000 hours of service you give annually 
to Providence and the Rhode Island coiiimunit\". 



Through that public service and in many other 
ways, you have already affirmed the concept of citi- 
zenship as the social and political bond that unites us. 
You have shown that you understand that it is citi- 
zenship that makes the social contract a moral trans- 
action, governing not only our behavior toward one 
another now, but toward generations past and future. 

Therefore, in my opinion, you have the makings 
of the Compassionate Generation, the one which 
cares for social justice, the one which will dedicate 
Itself to the unfinished agenda of American democ- 
racy. You leave Brown understanding that your liberal 
education eiuviintgcs - not discourages - the formation 
of stable ideas and the making of firm commitments. 

I am confident that you will do well. I am also 
confident that you will do tjooil. As a valediction, 
I parapiirase a sage who said, "Every age has its time, 
every man has his hour. To seize the time, to seize the 
hour is all." This is your hour and you must seize it 
with all your strength. c\^ 



BROWN ALUMNI MONTHLY ♦ 43 



MARY DIAZ '82 



A Voice for Victims 



lone 



way 



New York City is 
from Africa or Bosnia, but Mary 
Diaz bridges the distance. As director of 
the Women's Commission for Refugee 
Women and Children, she looks out for 
people such as Desiderata, a thirteen-year- 
old in Tanzania. Desiderata had seen her 
parents killed as they fled Burundi. She 
turned down foster care in order to stay 
with her brothers; the children took turns 
going to school. "Desiderata had such 
dignity," Diaz says. "She didn't say much, 
and she asked for nothing." 

It is Diaz's job to see that Desiderata 
and others like her get what they need: 
food, clothing, health care. Least respon- 
sible tor the initiation ot war, women and 
children are its most vulnerable victims, 
making up So percent ot the world's ref- 
ugees. The Women's Commission was 
founded in 1989 by actress Liv Ullman 
and other activists under the auspices ot 
the International Rescue Committee. As 
the commission's chief strategist, activist, 
watchdog, and investigator, Diaz lobbies 
lawmakers and relief agencies. Her work 
routinely takes her from meetings in New 
York and Washington to fact-finding mis- 
sions m Bosnia, Angola, and Tanzania. Diaz 
also tours county jails around the United 
States where asylum-seekers are detained. 
The fieldwork can range from uncom- 
fortable to life-threatening. One night 
on the border of Tanzania and Burundi, 
Diaz crept outside to sleep, preferring to 
risk the slight chance of a lion attack 
rather than stay in her claustrophobic, 
windowless bunker. "The tsetse flies in 
Angola were a problem," Diaz adds, "but 
the land mines were worse." Planted by 
six different armies, Angolan mines are 
scattered over large areas. "We were visit- 
ing a [refugee] camp along the Zambezi 
River," Diaz recalls. "It was gorgeous, 
lush — mangoes everywhere. The villagers 
asked us to go for a picnic. I said, 'Don't 
you worry about the mines?' They just 
laughed." She tried to adopt the villagers' 
attitude, but Diaz never shook the feeling 
that death might be a step away. 



Minefields and lions were only the 
beginning of what Diaz and her col- 
leagues faced in Africa. Cultural differ- 
ences proved every bit as daunting. 
Unlike Bosnia, where women refugees 
were vocal and articulate in defining their 
needs - they did it so well, in fact, that 
the commission helped inspire a U.S.- 
supported skiUs-training program - in 
Angola the battle was getting to speak 
with women at all. "Men assumed we 
were there to talk to them," says Diaz. 
One husband refused even to let his wife 



Women and children in 
war-torn countries 

can't always 
speak for themselves. 



lY PAMELA PETRI 
PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN FORASTE 



speak outside his presence. "My job is to 
find out if women are getting enough 
food, medical supplies, schooling," Diaz 
explains. "Most refugee women don't 
receive basic reproductive health care and 
supplies, from sanitary napkins to infor- 
mation on family planning. Men can't tell 
us about this." 

A desire to help others is a Diaz fam- 
ily trait. Mary's Fihpino father was a doc- 
tor, her Pennsylvania-Dutch mother a 
nurse; her two brothers are doctors, one 
sister is a children's librarian, and the 
other teaches in an inner-city school. 
When Diaz was twelve the family made 
the first of several trips from their subur- 
ban home in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, to 
visit relatives in the Philippines. "We went 
to see where my dad was born," she 
recalls. "We took terries and jeeps to a 
tiny village with no electricity and mud 
everywhere. It w,is unlike anything I'd 
ever known, but these people were related 



to us. My cousin and I were even reading 
the same Nancy Drew books." 

At Brown Diaz concentrated in inter- 
national relations, then became a news- 
writer at a Philadelphia television station. 
Because she wrote the late news, she had 
time during the day to take a volunteer 
job resettling refugees. Gradually the bal- 
ance in her life shifted. The newsroom 
was stimulating, but its isolation and ob- 
jectivity kept Diaz "at arm's length from 
what was really happening m the world." 
After earning a master's degree in admin- 
istration, planning, and social policy at 
Harvard's Graduate School of Education, 
in 198S Diaz became director of refugee 
and immigration services at Catholic 
Charities' Boston headquarters. "It was a 
real lesson in how U.S. policy affected 
people's lives," she says. 

In 1992 the organization provided 
emergency shelter for 112 Haitian chil- 
dren who had been separated from their 
families en route to U.S. refugee camps 
on Guantanamo Bay. The children arrived 
in Boston on an old military plane with 
no windows. "The doors opened," Diaz 
recalls, "and all these kids who'd never 
flown, had never been away from Haiti 
before, came streaming out wearing new 
shoes and waving little U.S. flags. It was 
surreal." Ultimately Diaz and her Haitian 
staff reunited each child with their fami- 
lies or placed them in foster care. 

Since she became director of the 
Women's Commission in 1994, Diaz's 
contact with individual refugees has been 
more limited. Yet every now and then she 
comes face to face with people who 
break her heart and renew her dedication. 
In Angola, when Diaz managed to meet 
with a group of women without their 
husbands nearby, she found them incred- 
ulous at the notion that their voices 
counted. "We pray to God for peace," one 
said. "But if we speak out we will be 
killed." Not if Diaz can help it.O^^ 

Pamela Ptiro is a Proi'idcucc-hanui frcclaitcc 
writer. 



44 ♦ JULY 1997 



w 






Henry Ise '22 (top) led the old guard through the Van WIckle Gates on 
Commencement Day. The procession's chief marshal was Charles Watts '47 
(left). On Friday, classmates June Miller Wilbur, Fran Richardson Brautigam, 
an unidentified dormmate, and Carol Seager Fuller (above) pored over 
photographs at the 50th reunion headquarters on Wriston Quad. 



46* JULY 1997 



The Classes 



EDITED BY CHAD GALTS 



1920 



Guy White. Pompano Beach, Fla., recently 
celebrated his 1 00th birthday. He can be 
reached at 2632 NE 13th Ave., Pompano 
Beach .^3064. 



1924 



Myrtle Hodgkins Coe and her husband. 
John, recently moved to 8106 Highwood Dr.. 
Y204. Bloonungton, Minn. 55438. 



1927 



Dorothy Vanderburgh Waterman sent 
her Brown class ring to Australia with a 
member ot her church to give it to daughter 
Sarah '61, who hasn't been home in many 
years. "I haven't heard from her yet to see if 
it fits," Dorothy writes, "but I think she will 
be glad to have my long-cherished ring." 
Dorothy can be reached at 81 Linden Ave., 
Rochester, N.Y. 14610. Sarah can be reached 
at Singleton Post Oftice. P.O. Box 648, Post- 
code 2330, Australia. 



I93I 



Virginia Hunter Jenkins, GloversviUe, 
N.Y.. and her husband. Charles, celebrated 
their sixtieth weddinsj anniversary in June. 



^935 



LiUian Hicock Wentworth recently pub- 
lished a booklet with the Braintree Historical 
Society on Sylvanus Thayer, a Braintree, 
Mass., native who founded Thayer Academy. 
Lillian can be reached at 30 Ehnwood Ave.. 
South Braintree 02184. 



1936 



Class President Robert W. Kenyon met 
with his executive board on March 1 3 to dis- 
cuss plans for 1997. Board members Annette 
Aaronian Baronian. Martha Wicks Bel- 
lisle. C. Warren Bubier. Gordon E. Cad- 
wgan. Marion Hall GofT Zelda Fisher 
Gourse. Beatrice C. Minkins, Richard 
W. Pearce. Howard D. Silverman, and 
Ruth Tenenbaum Silverman voted to 
continue the recent tradition of minireunions 
on the Sunday of Commencement weekend, 
and Robert announced that W. Chesley 
Worthington '23, one of Brown's most dis- 



tinguished alunmi. 
agreed to be the speaker 
this year. 



1938 



Ruth Banks Froling's 
daughter, Barbara 
Froling Immroth 

'64. paid her a visit in 
March. Ruth can be 
reached at 278 1 S. FUl- 
more St., Denver 80210. 




Classmates pose for their eoth-reunlon photograph and the 
dedication of the '37 class gate (at left) on Saturday. 



I94I 



Men's president Sanford W. Udis returned 
from an extended midwinter vacation in 
March to announce he had mameci Gloria 
Leviss '44 on Jan. 5. They may be reached at 
6 Arbor Way, South Dartmouth, Mass. 02748. 
Sandy continues as a radiologist at Truesdale 
Clinic in Fall River, Mass. Bette Brayton 
Miller continues her volunteer work for the 
Cranston (R.l.) Histoncal Society, where 
she writes a monthly newsletter. She is also 111 
charge of tours at the Governor Sprague 
Mansion in Cranston and is responsible for 
training docents for the society. Bette is contin- 
uing in the tradition of her mother, Gladys 
Brayton, former curator of the Cranston His- 
torical Society. - Earl IT. Hamngtoiiji-. 

Sophie SchafTer Blistein reports that her 
granddaughter Emilv Blistein. who was to 
graduate from Brattleboro (Vt.) High School 
in June, has been accepted early action for the 
class of 2001. Sophie can be reached at 99 
Alumni Ave., Providence 02906. 



1944 



Howard Baetzhold. Rebecca Clifton 
Reade Professor of English Ementus at Buder 
LJniversity. Indianapolis, will publish a paper- 
back \'ersion of Tlie Bible Aaordiug 10 Mark 
Twain in December with Simon & Schuster. 
The new volume contains many of Mark 
Twain's writings, some of them pubhshed for 
the first time. Howard can be reached at 
hbaetzholdiS butler.edu. 

Robert S. Brandt was elected chair of 
the Mann County Mental Health Board last 
September. He is also housing chair of the 
board of the Alliance for the Mentally lU in 
Mann Count\', and he chairs the council of 
past presidents for the Northern Cahfomia 
Association of Phi Beta Kappa. Bob can be 
reached at 1869 Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael, 
Calif 94903. 



Phyllis B. Oliver suffered a mild stroke 
in early Januar\' that afl'ected her nght side. 
She underwent five weeks of rehabilitation at 
Duncaster and is now back home. She and 
Don are planning a trip to Alaska in May - "a 
real incentive to work hard on rehab," Phyllis 
writes. She can be reached at 3 Cadwell Rd., 
Bloomfield, Conn. 06002. 



1947 



Ramon Elias is a substitute teacher in the 
Ashtabula County, Ohio, school district. An 
accomplished interior designer, former pro- 
motion director for the Cleveland Playhouse 
Square Theater, and art gaUery owner, 
Ramon started teaching three years ago. 
Rev. Richard Morris has retired to 
North Carolina, where he is a consultant in 
church architecture and has a studio for pro- 
ducing ecclesiastical vestments. He also has a 
new pubhshing business, Pittsboro Philatelies, 
speciahzing in color identification of classic 
U.S. stamps. Richard can be reached at 1 182 
River Rd., Pittsboro, N.C. 27312. 



1948 



Bill Hughes (see Kathleen Hughes 
Mikaelian '83). 

Lotte Van Geldem Povar recently 



WHAT'S NEW? 

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Irarcls. or other news to The Classes, Brown 
Alumni Monthly, Box iS}4, Providence. 
R.I. 02gi2; fax (401) S6ji-g3gg: e-mail 
BAMiS'hroti'iit'in. brown. cdu. Deadline for 
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BROWN ALUMNI MONTHLY ♦ 47 




published / Miuncd \'crcriihny Medicine, a vol- 
ume of tales about her life as the wife of a 
vetennarian. Lotte's husband, Morris, shared a 
twenty-year veterinary practice with his 
brother in Rhode Island before becoming 
director of animal care for Brown's medical 
program in igfiS. - Breffny Fccly IVahh 

Robert Jackson, Wellesley Hills, Mass.. 
helped found mi independent orthodox Angli- 
can Episcopal Church, St. Bede's. which holds 
Sunday services at the Andover-Newton The- 
ological School. Newton Centre. Mass. "We 
hold traditionalist beliefs in Holy Scnpture," 
Robert wntes, "a growing trend among the 
Anglican Episcopal laity and clergy." 



1950 



William Revkin (see Andy Revkin '7S and 
Diana Revkin 'S3). 



1952 



Glenn Bower (see Emily Griffiths Bower 



1953 



1949 



Therese Arcand Hughes (see Kathleen 
Hughes Mikaelian 'X3) 



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The homecoming mimreunion was a great 
success. Tailgating and the football game were 
followed by a scrumptious dinner at the Fac- 
ulty Club. Each year more classmates show up 
for this event. Homecoming 1997 is on Nov. 
I. Plan now to attend. More on this event in 
our next class newsletter. - Dr. Hn^aie M. 
D'Aiidrcii 

Suzanne Griffiths Bower (see Emily 
Griffiths Bo\ver X3). 

David Kramer is joining the firm of 
Sapir & Frumkm and will continue to practice 
labor relations law and erisa. David can be 
reached at 399 Knollwood Rd.. Suite 300, 
White Plains, N.Y. 10603. 

Curtis F. Kruger retired as president of 
ECi&Ci Wright Components in June 1994. 
He spends most ot the year in Pompano 
Beach. Fla., and summers in East Boothbay, 
Maine. "Our escape is our sailboat and sailing 
to and from Maine," Curtis writes. He and 
his wife also travel to see their children m dif- 
ferent parts of the counti"y: Karen is in Sheep- 



The class of 1957 poses for a reunion photo- 
graph in the newly refurbished Maddock 
Alumni Center gardens and walkway. 



scot, Maine; Kurt '77 lives in San Francisco; 
Kini is in Buffalo Grove, 111.; and Kristin '83 
is in Butfalo, N.Y. Boat work, visits from 
triends, and home maintenance keep them 
husthng. Curtis can be reached at 2810 NE 
23rd St., Pompano Beach 33062. 

Amelia Stem Revkin (see Andy Rev- 
kin '7IS and Diana Revkin 'S3). 

Herb Pearlman (see Perri Peltz '82). 



1954 



Alvin I. Gerstein asks, "Why do the Class 
of 'S4 notes relendessly creep to the front of 
the section? Is there a message to be gotten?" 
Alvin can be reached at 1 123 Hagysford Rd., 
Penn Valley. Pa. 19072. 

Bob 'Wigod has retired after thirty-three 
years as an investment banker with Paine Web- 
ber. He and Suzy continue to live in Manhat- 
tan and on New Jersey's White Meadow Lake. 
They look forward to volunteering, working 
out, and traveling. Their son, Dewey '84, 
is vice president of production services at 
SFM Media Corp. in New York City. Their 
daughter. Emily '88, is a mezzo-soprano 
who recently sang the role of Dorabella in the 
Amato Opera production of Cost Fan Tulte 
in New York City. Bob and Suzy can be 
leached at zakelo@aol.com. 



1956 



Richard E. Buck is still active in his law 
practice and is chaimian of the board of a new 
$7 million company. He lives with two of his 
children and their families. Richard had din- 
ner with Jerry Lasley '57 in his new retire- 
ment home, "a yacht taking him and Jean no- 
where, slowly," he writes. "Dogs dying, kids 
all settled, grandchildren to amuse us — life 
IS good." Richard can be reached at 546 E. 
Gravers Ln.. Wyndmor. Pa. 1903S. 

Daniel K. Hardenbergh is helping peo- 
ple with learning disabilities find and keep 
jobs. "Still learning more from them than they 
are from me," he writes. Dan's wife, Mary- 
Ann, is helping the elderly on health issues with 
Boston's ABCD between visits to their seven 
grandchildren and trips to exotic places. They 
can be reached at 180 Commonwealth Ave., 
#32. Boston 021 16. 

Herbert Rakatansky serves on the Amer- 
ican Medical Association's council on Ethical 
and Judicial AtTairs. He was also appointed to 
the board of overseers of the Brown School of 
Medicine. Herbert can be reached at 59 Har- 
wich Rd., Providence 02906. 

Fred Trost and his wife, Joan, attended 



4H ♦JULY 1997 



the iiiinircunioii held Jt the home of Hank 
,iiid Phebe Vandersip in Januar)'. Fred drove 
•ill the way from Rochester, N.Y., to attend 
the parry and to see his four-year roommate 
from Brown, Dick Williams. (This infomia- 
tion was left out of an Apnl classnote. The 
B.-l.\/ regrets the error.) 



1964 



1957 



Bob Minnerly, Gig Harbor, Wash., joined 
the Washington State Board of Education in 
JanuaPi'. He is the private-school representa- 
tive on the nine-person hoard. 

Michael Stem (see Andy Revkin '78 
and Diana Revkin '83). 



1958 



Alfred L. Fordiani Jr. retired as executive 
vice president/general counsel for Veterans 
Memonal Medical Center, Menden, Conn. 
He IS now practicing law, representing insti- 
tution.il health care providers. Alfred would 
love to hear from old fnends at loi Hotchkiss 
Grove Rd., #12, Branford, Conn. 06405; 
mfordiani(§ijuno.com. 



i960 



Lois Smith Montalbano is a teacher at 
Family School West, a Montesson school in 
New York City. She can be reached at 2.SS 
Morns Ave., Rockville Centre, N.Y. 1 1570. 



I96I 



Wendell B. Barnes Jr. has traveled to China 
and made two trips to the Philippines since 
his thirr\--fifth reunion. He has also traveled 
extensively in Japan, India. Hong Kong, and 
southern China. In May he planned to vaca- 
tion in Puerto Rico, Miami, and Washington, 
D.C. Wendell can be reached at 3201 S.W. 
26th St., Gresham, Oreg. 97080. 

Michael Davis (see Daniel Davis 87). 

Douglas M. Hackett is a program man- 
ager at GTE in Chantilly, Va. Last year he 
helped design intelligence communications 
systems for the Office of Naval Intelhgence and 
for the U.S. Coast Guard. Doug also found 
time to ski in St. Anton, Austna. He can be 
reached at 7825 Heatherton Ln., Potomac, 
Md. 20854; hackett. dougfS'gtefsd. com. 

Sarah Waterman (see Dorothy Van- 
derburgh Waterman '27). 



1962 



Irene Radauskas Svotelis received an asso- 
ciate's degree in advertising design last May 
and is now working as a graphic designer. She 
can be reached at 941 Franklin St., Wyormss- 
ing. Pa. 19610. 



Nancy Demmler, Sewickley, Pa., married 
Richard E. Clark (Pnnceton '56), a cardio- 
thoracic surgeon. After a wedding trip to 
Australia and New Zealand, Nancy returned 
to work at Allegheny General Hospital m 
Pittsburgh, where she is director of editorial 
ser\'ices. Later this year the couple will move 
to England, where Richard will participate in 
European chnical trials for an artificial heart 
pump he has been developing. Nancy will e- 
mail her new address to friends and hope that 
some will find time to visit. 

Michael Lee Gradison received the 
ninth annual Wilkins Expression of Thanks 
Individual Award on Feb. 12 for his work with 
the Indianapohs African-Amencan conuiaunity. 

Jaines Sutton won the Mellen Poetry 
Prize tor his poem "'The Last Samurai." The 
prize is awarded annually for 
the best long poem from Great 
Bntain and the United States. 
A dramatic monologue of 150 
Shakespearean sonnets, the 
poem depicts World War II 
and the destruction of Hiro- 
shima through the eyes of a 
Japanese naval officer. "The 
prize comes with a check," 
James writes. "Very sincere." 

David Westfall was 
named acadenuc vice president 
at the University' of Nevada ^ , 

at Reno, in March. He had ^ 

been acting academic vice presi- ' 
dent since Apnl 1996. Dunng 
David's fourteen years at the 
university, he has been recog- 
nized as an outstanding teacher 
four times, and his department 
has received the Outstanding 
Basic Science Department 
award from the medical students 
in six of the last eight yeats. In 1996, David, 
who was chair and professor of the pharma- 
cology department before taking on the role 
of acting vice president, won the Regents' 
Research Award for being the top researcher 
in the statewide system. He is married and has 
two children. 



of directors of the Tampa Bay Holocaust 
Memorial Museum and Educational Center, 
I was in a unique position to galvanize the 
board into action. We created the Kristall- 
nacht Fund in response to the rash of African- 
American church burnings and have sent 
checks to two churches." Saul can be reached 
at 205 20th Ave. N.E., St. Petersburg, Fla. 

33704- 

Allan Odden, Madison, Wis., has pub- 
lished Piiyiiig Tcjcliersjor Ultat They Knou' and 
Do: New and Smarter Compensation Strategies to 
Improve Schools (Corwin Press), with co-author 
Carolyn Kelly. AUan offers several ideas about 
how to restructure teacher compensation 
to aHgn it with standards-based education re- 
forms, proposals to strengthen teaching as a 
profession, and new roles for teachers in school 
management. A professor of educational 
administration and pohcy at the University of 




1965 



Saul Burton Korn wntes: "In the fall of 
1963 I enrolled in Prof. Swanzchild's class, 
Religious Studies loi, or comparative reli- 
gions. It was a year before the Civil Rights 
Act became law; African-Amencan churches 
were being torched. Last year I was reminded 
of Rabbi Swartzchild's steady focus on the 
need for social justice in our society. I was 
also painfully aware ot the free world's silence 
in the aftermath of 'KnstaUnacht,' the mght of 
broken glass (Nov. 9—10, 1938), when 200 
synagogues throughout Germany and Austria 
were dynamited and firebombed by Nazis and 
their sympathizers. As a member of the board 



Allen Thomas '97, his parents Deborah Allen 
Thomas '65 and Cordon '65, grandmother lean 
Gordon Thomas '38, aunt Patience '71, and 
grandfather Robert '38 celebrate the family's 
150-vear legacy at Brown. Benjamin Calley 
Thomas, class of 1847, got the ball rolling. 



Wisconsin at Madison, AUan is codirector of 
the Consortium for PoHcy Research in Edu- 
cation. He has authored, edited, or coauthored 
a dozen books, including Educational Leader- 
ship for America's Scliools and School Finance: A 
Policy Perspective. 



1966 



Leila Bergen Heckman has been elected to 
the board of trustees of Polytechnic Univer- 
sity (formerly Brooklyn Polytech). She con- 
tinues as managing director at Smith Barney, 
heading the global asset allocation area in the 
research department. 



BROWN ALUMNI MONTHLY ♦ 49 




1967 



David S. Fowler is executive vice president 
and chief administrative officer of Chubb & 
Soy Inc. "This year will mark a 30th reunion 
at Brown, thirty years at Chubb, and twenty- 
five years with my wife, Susan," David writes. 
They have two boys, 7 and 9. Susan is owner 
and president of Down and Basks, an upscale 
down comforter and home decorating busi- 
ness m Red Bank, N.J. David can be reached 
at 10 William St., Rumson, N.J. 07760. 

Barbara Witten has been named director 
of fund development for Bluegrass Regional 
Mental Health Board in Lexington, Ky. Pre- 
viously she was director of prevention services 
and brought in more than $5 million in grants 
for new programs. One of her projects 
received two national awards; "Outstanding 
Anti-Drug Coalition of Amenca" from 
CADCA and "National Award of Ment in 
Program Innovation - Direct Chent/Resident 
Services" from NAHRO. Barbara wiU now 
develop projects related to managed mental 
health care, telepsychiatry, integrated physical 
and behavioral health care, and mental health 
outreach services. She can be reached at 
bjwittentekih.net. 



1968 



Michael A. Barros and his wife, Susan, 
announce the birth of Anthony II, their fifth 
child. Michael is director of community devel- 
opment for the cit>' of Denver. He can be 
reached at P.O. Box 40347, Denver 80204. 

Joel P. Bennett represented the plaintiff 
in the Woodham i'. Secretary of Transporta- 
tion case, which awarded Mr. Woodham, an 
employee of the Federal Aviation Administra- 
tion, $300,000 in compensatory damages 
in a race discrimination and reprisal action 
brought under Tide VII of the Civil Rights 



Act of 1964. Joel has represented federal 
employees in discrimination actions since 1973. 
He IS a member of the board of directors of 
the Metropolitan Washington Employment 
Lawyers Association and the chair of the equal 
employment opportunity committee of the 
labor law section of the District of Columbia 
Bar Association. Joel can be reached at 207 
Bnstol Downs Dr., Gaithershurg. Md. 20S77. 

Lynn Andrews Denoia is director of 
consulting serx'ices at Strategic Networks 
Consulting in Rockland, Mass. "It's wonder- 
ful to be doing technical work again," she 
writes. Lynn can be reached at P.O. Box 1397, 
Charlestown, R.I. 02813. 

Henry Fradkin recently became director 
of the new patent and technologv- licensing 
office for Ford Global Technologies Inc. He 
IS responsible for licensing intellectual prop- 
erty at Ford Motor Co., including patents, 
copynghts, software, and technical know-how. 
Henry also wiU be involved in developing 
technology strategies for Ford. His older son, 
Ben, graduated from Lehigh in 1996 and also 
works at Ford. Andy, Henry's younger son, 
will start his senior year at Union and is 
majonng in computer science. Henry and his 
wife, Susan, can be reached at 3 10 River Ln., 
Dearborn, Mich. 48124. 

Gerard E. Giannattasio continues to 
teach as an adjunct in the history department 
at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. He 
IS also working part-time as a reference librar- 
ian at the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center 
of Touro College in Huntington, N.Y. Dur- 
ing the school year Gerard attends weekly 
meetings of the NYU legal history colloquium, 
where he has met a surpnsing number ot 
Brown alums over the years. He can be 
reached at 1130 Park Blvd.. Massapequa Park, 
N.Y. 11762. 

■William F. Miller III and his wife, 
Cathleen Shortsleeve Miller, recently cele- 
brated their twenry-first wedding anniversary. 



Three generations of Petteruttis at Campus 
Dance. From left: Joseph Sr. '37, Joseph Jr. '69, 
and Philip '97. 



Bill is a partner in the Boston office of Eckert, 
Seamans, Chenn & Mellott, where he con- 
centrates on mergers and acquisitions and 
corporate finance work. He is a member of 
the fmn's media pracnce group. Cathy teaches 
business law at Boston College and Boston 
Umversiry-. They have five children, and the 
oldest, Kate, is a member of the class of 1999. 
Bill can be reached at escm.bos.wfhi@escm. 
com. 

Phil Press marned Maxine Rodburg, 
a writer and teacher, last Sept. 15. Phil is 
founder and director of the intensive studio 
program at the Cambndge Center for Adult 
Education, where he teaches painting and 
drawing. "I would love to hear fi-om any of 
my former Brown jug colleagues," Phil writes. 
Especially those "who haven't completely lost 
their minds or senses of humor." Phil can 
be reached at 69 Harvey St., #3, Cambridge, 
Mass. 02140: (617) 441-9259. 

Marie Baker Spaulding's husband, 
Sam, IS on active durs- in Naples, Italy. Mimsy 
planned to join him and spend a week in 
Sicily last February. She can be reached at 
4809 N. 2nd St., Ariington, Va. 22203. 

William B. Spillman Jr., Charlotte, Vt., 
has been elected a fellow of the International 
Society of Optical Engineenng. 



1969 



Cynthia Breitberg Cohen was appointed to 
a four-year term on the Board of Bar Over- 
seers by the Massachusetts Supreme Court in 
April. Cynthia is a principal and co-founder 
of the Boston firm Meehan, Boyle & Cohen 
P.C. A fellow of the International Academy 
of Tnal Lawyers, she is a member of the Amer- 
ican, Massachusetts, Boston, and Women's 
bar associations. 

Lowell C. P. Haugen retired from 
teaching chermstry and physics in the Bara- 
boo (Wis.) schools to travel in the United 
States and Europe. He can be reached at 508 
Fourth St., Baraboo, Wis. 53913. 

Tom Lemire and his wife, Kathi, enjoy 
the comforts of Southern CaHfornia, but they 
will travel to South Bend, Ind.. where his 
daughter has accepted a Softball scholarship at 
Notre Dame. "Hooray for women's sports!" 
Tom wntes. He can be reached at 17 100 
Gillette Ave., Irvine, Cahf 92614. 

Bob Powers is consulting for banks and 
other financial institutions throughout the 
Northeast. "My finii, COMPASS Consulting 
Group Inc., celebrated its tenth anniversary last 
year," Bob writes. "My wite, Sandy, is director 
of outpatient services at CODAC, a substance- 
abuse agency in Rhode Island. Our two sons 
are grown up and we will be 'empty-nesters' 
next year. Steve is a junior at Columbia major- 
ing in U.S. history and planing a career in 



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intenutional relations. He played on Colum- 
bia's varsity golf team the past two years (he. 
unlike his Dad, can hit them straight). Scott was 
recently named a high school All-American 
soccer player by Parade magazine. He is looking 
forward to attending Brown in the fall." Bob 
can be reached at 5 Ridgewood Rd., Bamng- 
ton, R.I. 02S06; rpowers@compasscg.com. 



1970 



David Fox (see Perri Peltz 82). 

Joan Jones hves in Gloucester, Mass., 
and works in a research and development lab 
for speech recognition software. "Anyone 
wishing to try out this exciting technology 
should call me," she writes. Joan can be 
reached at work, (800) 853-2039, or home, 
(508) 921-2700. 

Jane C. Sisto Long writes: "Wow! 
What a surpnse to get my December BAM 
and find I am going to Roanoke College and 
that I got a Ph.D. in art history from Colum- 
bia." (This information applies to Jane Long 
'80. The J3.4A/ regrets the error.) In fact, Jane 
earned a Ph.D. in mineral science and mining 
engineering from Berkeley in 1984 and has 
recently been appointed dean of the Mackay 
School of Mines at the University of Nevada 
at Reno. This month she will leave Lawrence 
Berkeley National Lab, where she has worked 
for the last twenty years on high-level nuclear 
waste storage, geothermal energy, petroleum 
reservoir characterization, and environmental 
remediation. Last spring Jane's husband, 
Charles '69, left his job as city manager of 
Fairtield, Calif, and is now consulting on 
health care issues, fiscal management, land use, 
and redevelopment. He has also been work- 
ing on military base closures. Their son. Matt, 
is a junior at Tufts in environmental engi- 
neering, and their daughter [enny, a junior in 
high school, is applying to Brown. Jane can 
be reached at Mackay School of Mines, Uni- 
versity of Nevada, Reno 89755; (7°-) 784- 
6987; fax. (702) 784-1766; jcslong(g<mines.unr. 
edu, orjcslong@lbl.gov. 



I97I 



Faith Mason Fraser's son is Erik, not Enc as 
It was misspelled in the February BAM. Faith 
can be reached at 1947 Maddux Dr., Red- 
wood City, Calif 94061. 

Paul R. Gregutt married Kristina Case 
in May. They planned to honeymoon in 
Scotland this month. Paul's book Northwest 
Wines (Sasquatch Books, $11.95) was reviewed 
positively in both Wine Spectator and Food & 
Wine and spent several weeks on the regional 
distributor's top-ten list. His interactive mys- 
tery series, "The Cypher," which has won 
several major awards, will premiere on the 
Microsoft Network in September. "On Oct. 
2, 1 celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of 
my arrival in Seattle," Paul wntes. "I came 
cross country in 1972 with Moe Shore '72 to 




Alumni from 1972 reminisce over old photos 
during the Saturday reunion dinner at Roger 
Williams Park Casino. 



join WBRU alums Tom Corddry '70, Jon 
Kertzer '72, and Dave Corry '71 at KOL- 
FM, a short-lived but wonderful 'underground' 
FM station that laid the groundwork for more 
successful efforts at commercializing unfor- 
matted radio. Many of us are still in the area, 
long out of radio and living interesting lives." 
Paul can be reached at indelible@aol.com. 

Carolyn R. Smith was visited by Linda 
Schwartz, who came from Spain, in March. 
Carolyn can be reached at 358 Starling Rd., 
Mill 'Valley, Calif 94941. 

Scott Thomson is on the master's basket- 
hall team at the Olympic Club in San Fran- 
cisco. The team's first away game was m 
Seattle against the Washington Athletic Club. 
"How does an aging hoopster still run the 
lines after four decades playing the game?" 
Scott asks. "Cross-training, ibuprofen, ice 
packs, and ankle braces." He has lived in Mill 
Valley, Calif., for ten years with his wife, 
Alana. Scott can be reached at 305 Lowell 
Ave., Mill Valley 94941. 



1972 



Jonathan L. Bigelow was named executive 
vice president and chief operating officer of 
Cliggott Publishing Co., a leading publisher 
of medical journals and continuing education 
programs, 111 March. Cliggott's editonal 
director since 1991 and senior vice president 
since 1993, Jonathan was managing editor ot 
Patient Care magazine and program editor of 
the Physicians Radio Network before joining 
Cliggott. He and his wife, Manann. and son. 
James, 5, live in Wilton, Conn. 

James E. Rynar is an associate professor 
ot periodontics at the University of Medicine 



and Dentistry in New Jersey. He maintains a 
practice m penodontics in Florhani Park, 
N.J., where he hves with his wife, Susan, and 
sons Zachary, 12, and Jacob, 8. Jim can be 
reached at (201) 377-3131; periojim@aol.com. 



1973 



Beverly J. Burke was recently named head 
ot human resources in the office ot the gen- 
eral counsel at Washington Gas Light Co. in 
W.ishington, D.C. She is responsible for all 
legal matters related to labor, employment, and 
human resources. Beverly lives in the District 
of Columbia with her husband, Gregory S. 
Saunders, and sons Nathaniel, 1 1 , and Benja- 
min, 7. She would love to hear from old 
friends at bburketovvashgas.com. 

Hon. Lillian Y. Lim, Bonita, Calif, 
wntes: "I was excited to learn that Kim Di- 
Donienico. daughter of Andi DiDomenico 
and Van Miller '72, was admitted to the 
eight-year medical program. I have three step- 
sons in college in California, but I hope one 
of the last two boys still at home will go to 
Brown. Then we can add a Brown banner to 
the Stanford and UC banners in our family 
room." 

Steve Pollock met up with Professor ot 
Theater, Speech, and Dance John R. Lucas at 
the United States Institute for Theater Tech- 
nolog)' Conference in Pittsburgh in March. 
After catching up on alums and departmental 
goings-on, Steve participated in an interna- 
tional theater-design charrette and moderated 
a panel on being a theater consultant. Steve is 
partner and theater-design principal at Auer- 
bach + Associates in San Francisco and New 
York. Their current projects include renova- 
tions for the Santa Fe Opera, Philadelphia 
Academy of Music, and the San Francisco 
Opera: and new construction for Hard Rock 
Cafe's Cohseuni of Rock and Roll at Univer- 
sal Studios in Orlando, the (uilliard School and 



52 ♦ JULY 1997 



the Hayden Planetarium in New York Ciry, 
and a new 26,000- seat Assembly Buildmg for 
the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake 
City. Steve can be reached at pollocksrv@ 
aol.com. 

Eric Schrier (-.ee Perri Peltz 82). 



1974 



Richard P. Barth and his wife, Nancy, have 
two children, James, 14. and Catrina, 12. A 
reluctant but faithful soccer and skating dad, 
Richard is also the Hutto Patterson Professor 
at the School of Social Welfare, UC-Berkeley. 
He can be reached at 735 The Alameda, 
Berkeley. Calif 94707. 

Perry Premdas has been named senior 
vice president and chiet financial officer ot 
Hoechst Celanese Corp. Perry was previously 
vice president and treasurer of a $7-billion 
affiliate of Hoechst AG, a global phannaceuti- 
cal and chemical concern. He can be reached 
at 7363 1 .1470@compuserve.com. 

Jay Tiemey and his wife, Kate, announce 
the birth ot [ohn WiUiam on Feb. 26. "Weigh- 
ing in at a strapping eight pounds, five ounces, 
he already has the look of a future oarsman," 
Jay wntes. They can be reached at 1 106 
Woods Crossing Rd., Greenville, S.C. 29607. 



1975 



Richard F. Callahan has relocated to upstate 
New York after twenty-one years in Nor- 
walk. Conn. He remains a senior vice presi- 
dent in community- banking with Fleet Bank. 
Richard, his wife, and their three kids were 
visited by Paul Farrell and his family in the 
fall and went to the Brov\n-Colgate football 
game. "Not a memorable game," Richard 
writes, "but the company of a fellow Phi Psi 
was great." Richard invites friends to wnte 
him at 4349 Indianfield Rd., Clinton, N.Y. 
133^.1: (31.S) .SS9-S9I8. 

Ashley Warner Gottlieb wntes, "We 
have had a crazy year. Five kids in five differ- 
ent schools going in all different directions 
with soccer, scouts, music, art, and ballet." 
Ashley is spending July and August at the 
family homestead fami in Northfield, N.H., 
with kids Annand, 12, Isabel, lo, Orh, 6, 
Rachel, 4, and Sophia, 2. Ashley's husband, 
Jourdon. will commute from Seattle. They 
can be reached at Knowles Fami, 80 Knowles 
Farm Rd., Northfield 03276; (603) 286-9377. 

Susan Connors Helland has hved in 
Seattle for ten years with her husband and son. 
She teaches acting and works at the hbrary. 
Susan would love to hear from friends at 
fnends(gspl.org. 

Frederick D. Massie, Warren, R.I., was 
named director of marketing for Tuition 
Management Systems in Apnl. He directs the 
company's national marketing and communi- 
cations efforts and media relations. Previously 
Fredenck was director of communications 
and education at Save the Bay. 



After twehe-and-a-half years with Rhone- 
Poulenc, Richard Morford has joined DSM 
Fine Chemicals Inc. as president. "The job 
is great, although my Garden State Parkway 
commute is not fiin," he wntes. Daughters 
Lindsay, 15, Kirsten. 10, and Gillian, 10, are 
involved 111 tennis, swimming, Softball, and 
other activities. Richard can be reached at 509 
Jersey Ave., Spring Lake, NJ. 07762. 

Timothy E. Smith (see Perri Peltr '82) 
John S. Thome is rebuilding the motor 
on his airplane, a Cassutt Formula One Pylon 
Racer. The plane's wingspan is only fifteen 
feet, but John has flown it up to 300 m.p.h. 
"I quit dnnking a few years ago," he wntes. 
He can be reached at (818) 884-8957. 




Wendy Strothman '72 schmoozes at a Friday 
reception hosted by Vartan and Clare Gregorian. 



1976 



John Berylson lives in Wellesley Hills, Mass., 
with his wife. Amy, and children Jennifer, 17, 
James, 15, and Ehzabeth, 11. Jennifer, a senior 
in high school, is headed to Wilhams College 
next fall. "Amy and I are very gratefiil for 
the concerns that were expressed over Amy's 
he.ilth during the past year by Brown friends," 
John wntes. "She appears to have recovered 
completely." John works at GCC Investments 
and travels overseas two to three tunes a 
month. "Fortunately, my foreign-language 
skills are much improved since my days at 
Brown," he adds. He can be reached at 38 
Highgate Rd., Wellesley HiUs 02181. 

Tim Forbes (see Perri Peltz '82). 

Lynn Philipp John wntes, 'In addition 
to being the taxi dnver for my children, 
Chnstopher, 10, and Kate, 13, I am president 
of the Glen Ridge, NJ., board of education. 
Fortunately, my husband is home in the 
evenings to help with homework. I am often 
out at meetings, interviewing people, or in- 
volved in the education-funding debate. My 



tamilv is looking forward to having me home 
after my temi ends next Apnl." Lynn can be 
reached at 96 Forest Ave., Glen Ridge, NJ. 
07028; (201) 743-6187. 

Barbara E. Kittay has moved from the 
cnminal division of the U.S. Department of 
lustice to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the 
Distnct of Columbia. "This breaks up the '76 
trio of myself Claudia J. Flynn. and Julie 
E. Samuels that previously ran the main jus- 
tice cnminal division, along with the associate 
deputy attorney general, David Margolis 
'61." Barbara can be reached at 5707 Balsam 
Grove Ct., North Bethesda, Md. 20852. 

Louis Miller (see George B. Deckey 
'84). 

David Carl Olson met with friends dur- 
ing the second week of Apnl to remember his 
partner, Dionicio Santos Urena, who died of 
AIDS one year ago. David will receive a mas- 
ter's in divinity iie.xt May from Andover 
Newton Theological School, where he is an 
associate in the Institute for Theology and 
the Arts. He continues as Sunday service facil- 
itator and administrator at the Community 
Church of Boston, and he volunteers with 
P.istors for Peace in its campaign to change 
U.S. foreign pohcy toward Cuba. David has 
been on sabbatical from his position as artistic 
director at Little Flags Theater in Cambridge. 
He would love to hear from classmates, min- 
isters, activists, gay folk, AIDS-affected peo- 
ple, and friends at olsondco@aol.com. 

Sandy Posa has been named executive 
vice president and general manager of Polaroid 
Corp.'s consumer imaging business. Previ- 
ously he was senior vice president for business 
development at Kraft Foods North Anienca. 
This note was sent in by Daniel Harrop. 

Ann E. Van Dyke '79 M.D., and her 
husband, Fredenck Bashour, Leverett, Mass., 
announce the birth of Emelyn Taylor Bashour 
on Nov. 18. Emelyn joins big sister GabneUe. 



1977 



Lorraine Ricard Alfred announces the birth 
of Llanieljohn on Sept. 4. Daniel joins Katie, 
5. Janice Tatarka is his godmother. After 
eighteen years in softw'are engineering and 
management at Digital Equipment Corp., 
Lorraine has joined a start-up company, BEA 
Systems. She can be reached at 17 Shadow- 
brook Dr., Nashua. N.H. 03062. 

Patricia Chao has pubhshed her first 
novel, A/cwfecy King (HarperCoUins). The book 
is about a young woman's troubled childhood 
as the daughter of Chinese immigrants. Patri- 
cia teaches at Sarah Lawrence College and 
hves in New York City. 

Charlotte Crystal, a senior news wnter 
in the public relations office at the University 
of Virginia, has been included in n7k)'s 11 7k) 
111 the Souili ami Soulltwest iggj-gS. Charlotte 
has wntteii more than i ,000 newspaper articles 
over the past decade and appears m the up- 
coming issue of Wlw's Wlio in Media ami 
Commiinicalions. 



BROWN ALUMNI MONTHLY ♦ 53 



Kurt Kruger (see Curtis F. Kruger '53). 

Barry J. Nagelberg, Cherry Hill, N.J., 
IS a computer designer at Samoff Real Time 
Corp. in Pnnceton, N.J. He can be reached 
at 410 Morris Dr., Cherry Hill 08003. 

Susan Sampliner is associate general man- 
ager for the Uroadway companies of Chicago, 
Grease, and Play On, and the national tours of 
Damn Yankees, Grease, and Chicago. In her 
spare time, Susan is cochair of the board ot 
the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti- 
Violence project. She can be reached at 320 
Riverside Dr., #14?, New York City 10025. 

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cations and is developing a CD-ROM educa- 
tional program on substance abuse for health 
care professionals. Later this year he will 
assume the presidency of the Association for 
Medical Education and Research in Substance 
Abuse, whose central office is located at Brown. 
Rozan has nearly completed her training as a 
piano tuner and has started her own business. 
They continue to enjoy their daughters, Elissa 
and Shan, 9, who believe that cows are more 
common than pigeons. They can be reached at 
26 Chequamegon Bay, Madison, Wis. 53719. 

Diane Heller, Los Angeles, wntes: "A 
circa- 1 960s Bentwood chair from Sharpe 
Refectory was dehvered to me at a recent 
Brown Club of Greater Los Angeles event. A 
surprise door pnze, the chair was presented 
in Hollywood sryle by actresses Bess Arm- 
strong '75 and JoBeth Williams '70. It is 
endowed with one small wad of gum, of a 
beige color, tidily centered on the underside 
of the seat. Waiting official documentation of 
provenance, the chair has been signed by 
Vartan Gregonan. Fellow alums are invited to 
stop by Diane's studio to refresh their Ratty 
memones. She plans to tie a hehum balloon to 
the back of the chair for special occasions, as 
was part of her job as a party decorator in the 
Ratty from 1975 to 1978." 

Susan K. Jacobson has published Con- 
sen'ing Wildlife: International Education and 
Communication Approaches (Columbia Univer- 
sity Press). Susan can be reached at 14929 SW 
79th St., Archer, Fla. 32618. 

Paul Marantz '81 M.D. (see Paul Quick 
'83). 

Andy Revkin and Lisa Mechaley (Cen- 
tral Connecticut State University '82), an ele- 
mentary school science teacher, were married 
Oct. 19 m Cold Spnng, N.Y. Plenty of Brown 
family and friends attended the ceremony, 
including the groom's parents, William '50 
and Amelia Stem Revkin '53, brother Jim 
'Xi M.D., sister Diana '83, and uncle Michael 
Stern '57. Andy's son, Daniel, served as nng- 
bearer. Andy is a reporter for the New York 
Times covering environmental issues and music. 
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Chad Sutton married Tatyana Makarova 
(Moscow State University '85), whom he met 
while ice skating in Central Park. "Dunng 
our whirlwind romance we had a little civil 
wedding at the Supreme Court, thanks to 
[ustice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, " Chad wntes. 
"We're planning a religious atFimiation in 
Brooklyn on June 14." Classmates and friends 
are encouraged to contact them at i^ojora- 
lemon St., #I2H, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11201. 



1979 



Sarah Berger and her husband, Gavin Miles, 
belatedly announce the arnval of Benjamin 
Berger Miles on July 10, 1995. Benjamin 
enjoys spending time with his cousin, Ehzabeth 
Berger Gutierrez, his aunt Emily Berger '76, 
and uncle Jose Gutierrez. They all live in the 
same neighborhood of Park Slope, Brooklyn. 
Sarah and Gavin can be reached at 230 Park 
Place, #3F, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11238. 

Carl M. Berkowitz and Carla M. 
Norvell \Si recendy celebrated their fifteenth 
wedding anniversary. They live in San Anto- 
nio, Tex., with Chelsea, 5, and Nathan, 2. 
Carl is in pnvate practice, specializing in 
infectious diseases. Carla is doing marketing 
consulting while staying home with the kids. 
They can be reached at 13283 Hunters Lark, 
San Antonio, Tex. 78230; carlberk@flash.net. 

Carolyn Wade Blackett was appointed 
the tirst Atrican-Amencan female cnmmal- 
court judge m Tennessee. Carolyn and her 
children, Philip and Aarica, invite alumni to 
visit Beale Street, eat some Southern barbe- 
cue, and rock and roll with Elvis. Carolyn 
lives at 2594 Lanrick Cove, Memphis 381 19. 

Lisa Kane DeVitto practiced law for 
several years in Sarasota, Fla., and served as 
staff attorney for the Charlotte County, Fla., 
shentf. She has given up the practice of law to 
relocate to Tampa, Fla., where her husband, 
Ralph, IS in charge of government relations 
for the Amencan Cancer Society, Flonda 
division. Lisa is now a legal assistant to a state 
senator and is active with the Tampa Brown 
Club. You can contact Lisa at 4800 S. West- 
shore Blvd., #407, Tampa 3361 1; (813) 805- 
0190. 

Cathleen Sloan Hood '82 M.D. and 
her husband. Tucker, announce the birth of 
Timothy Sloan Hood on |une 30, 1996. He 
joins brother WiUiam Tucker and sister Alice 
Harrington Hood. Tucker is with Financial 
Institutions Consulting, based in New York 
City, and Cathy is seeing patients in family 
medicine in Westport, Mass., four days a week. 
She can be reached at 39 High St., South 
Dartmouth, Mass. 02748. 

Lino S. Lipinsky divides his time be- 
tween W.ishmgton, D.C., and Denver, follow- 
ing the election of his wife, Diana DeGette, 
to the U.S. House of Representatives from 
the First District of Colorado. Diana previ- 
ously served as assistant rmnonry leader in the 
Colorado House of Representatives. Lino has 
joined the Washington, D.C., and Denver 



offices of McKenna & Cuneo, where he 
practices commercial litigation, emphasizing 
real estate, creditors' rights, and contract law. 
Lino, Diana, and children Raphaela, 7, and 
Francesca, 3, plan to spend most of their time 
in the Washington area while Congress is in 
session, returning to Denver dunng school 
holidays and congressional recesses. Lino can be 
reached at lino_lipinsky(§jmckennacuneo.com. 

David Tell has joined Campbell-Ewald 
Communications as editor in the publishing 
group. Previously he was a project editor at 
RWD Technologies and had worked for Engi- 
neering Technology Publishing, SCN Com- 
munications Group, and the Daily Telegram and 
Telegram and Gazette in Worcester, Mass. 

Julie Iselin Turjoman mamed Anthony 
Tuijoman on Feb. 22. Juhe's daughter Rachel, 
$'/i, was the flower girl. They reside at 5 Fair- 
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ton, N.Y., with her husband, Philip Mitropou- 
los (RISD '80), son Elvis, 5, and daughter 
Sophia, 2. Patty has been head of the fashion 
office at Liz Claiborne for five years. 

Angle Fa recently completed a term on 
the San Francisco School Board. She was the 
first Asian-American woman to serve and the 
first lesbian of color to be elected to the 
board. Her son, Kilian, is 2. Angle teaches at 
Ciry College of San Francisco and chairs the 
department of Asian-Amencan studies. In her 
spare time she is working on her dissertation. 
She can be reached at 271 Bartlett St., San 
Francisco 941 10. 

Alan Hecht was elected president of the 
Rhode Island Software Association. Twins 
HiUary and Daniel just turned 5, and Andrew 
IS 2. Alan can be reached at 85 Fairhaven Rd., 
Cumberland, R.I. 02864. 

Jane Long (see Jane C. Sisto Long 70). 



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John, announce the birth of John VanArsdale 
on Nov. 20. Baby Jack joins brother Grant 
William, 2. They recently relocated from New 
Jersey to the Seattle area and would love to 
hear from old friends at 8417 NE loth St., 
Medina, Wash. 98039: (206) 455-1902. 

Thomas J. Kenney and his wife, Andi 
(Duke '84), announce the birth of their first 
child, Samuel Richard, in January. "Life is 
fine in Deert'ield," Thomas writes, "especially 
because of random sightings of Chicago BuUs 
players and coaches." They can be reached at 
1700 Mountain Ct., Deert'ield, 111. 60015; 
thomas_kenney'u msn.com. 

Marian Salzman wntes: "I survived my 
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and Its clients. We're producing books on the 
millennium, fads, and fashion for the Euro- 
pean market this year." For ideas about life as 
an expatriate, contact Marian at 31-20-571- 
5571; manans104@aol.com. 

Beth Tuttle lives in Alexandna, Va., 
with her husband. Bob Carragher, and chil- 
dren Maggie, 6, and Jiinniy, 3';. Beth spent 
last year heading up marketing and communi- 
cation tor the April launch ot the Newseum, 
the world's first interactive news museum, 
located in Arhngton, Va. The family can be 
reached at 17 W. Walnut St., Alexandria 22301. 

Jane De Winter lives in Kensington, 
Md., with husband Fredjoutz and children 
Andre, 8, Marguente, 4, and Dimitri, i. Fred 
teaches at George Washington University. 
Jane has been doing some consulting and 
serves as PTA copresident at her son's elemen- 
tary school. She can be reached at 1 1112 Still- 
water Ave., Kensington 20895. 



medical marketing communications agency. 
Previously Lisa was vice president and group 
manager at PResence/EURO RSCG in 
New York City. Drawing on thirteen years 
of experience in health communications, she 
has developed strategic medical public rela- 
tions programs for phannaceutical manufac- 
turers and other health care service clients. 

Michele Goyette-Ewing and Michael 
welcomed Benjamin Philip on Jan. 14. He 
joins Grace, 5. They can be reached at 20 Old 
Still Rd.. Woodbndge, Conn. 06525. 

Howard S. Hirsch '86 M.D. was named 
a fellow of the Amencan Academy of Ortho- 
pedic Surgeons on Feb. 13. Howard was one 
of 654 new fellows inducted into the largest 
medical association for musculoskeletal special- 
ists. Howard and his wife, Marcia Lipkind 
Hirsch, live in Pawtucket. R.I. 

David Margulis is cofounder of the 
Jewish rock band Even Sh'siyah, which has 




1982 



Robin W. Asher '85 M.D. has relocated to 
San Francisco from Boston with her husband, 
Jeff, and children Madeline, 4, and Amanda, 
I . Robin hopes to continue practicing child 
psychiatry as soon as they are setded. They 
welcome contact from fellow alumni at 564 
Mission St., Box 623, San Francisco 94105. 

Lisa Baldauf's artwork was part of the 
"Be Mine, Valentine! Tea Conversation" 
Valentine auction benefiting the art gallery at 
Sonoma State University on Feb. 8. Lisa lives 
in San Francisco. 

Bill Frank announces the birth of Marissa 
in November. Bill is on the board of advisors 
of United Payers and United Providers, a 
publicly traded health care company. He is 
also on the board of directors of Dental Plus 
of America, which manages networks of den- 
tists. He can reached at 95 Brandy Hill Rd., 
Vernon, Conn. 06066. 

Lisa Poniatowski Easley has been 
named president ot LMhiformation, the pub- 
he- and professional-relations group of 
Lehman Millet Inc., a Boston-based global 



Members of the class of 1982 pose with their 
kids at Alumni Field Day on Saturday. 



released its debut album . . . lliwugli your i;iito", 
Jemsalem. He and his wife, Staci, live in 
Chicago with their children Avitai. Shoshana, 
Akiva, and Ayelet. 

Perri Peltz is the host of Ushimia, a new 
nonhction television series to be broadcast on 
CNBC. The senes was a prime-time hit in 
France and highlights the adventures ot French 
naturalist-explorer Nicolas Hulot. Unapix is 
producing the series. Unapi.x's chairman is 
Herb Pearlman '53. and its president and 
CEO is David Fox '70. Ellen Windemuth, 
based in Amsterdam, will be spearheading the 
European sales effort of VsliUiiia. The head of 
production at Unapix is Timothy E. Smith 
'75 (who sent this note). Unapix is also pro- 
ducing Great Miiuts of Business with Forbes mag- 
azine (and Tim Forbes '76) and Great Minds 
of Health with Health magazine (and Eric 
Schrier 73) 

Philip D. Wey '86 M.D. and Elizabeth 
Lies Wey '87, Pnnceton. announce the 
arrival of Nicholas Philip on Nov. 27. Philip 



is an assistant professor of plastic surgery at 
Roben Wood Johnson Medical School, hav- 
ing completed his residency at New York 
Hospital-Cornell Medical Center and fellow- 
ships at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer 
Center and the Institute of Reconstructive 
Plastic Surgery at NYU Medical Center. EHza- 
beth works for the New Jersey Department of 
Health and manages its substance-abuse pre- 
vention program. Philip can be reached at the 
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Divi- 
sion of Plastic Surgery, One Robert Wood 
Johnson Place, CN-19, New Brunswick, NJ. 
08901; (908) 235-7863; weypd@umdnj.edu. 

Marcia K. Wong is on foreign-service 
assignment in Moscow trying to figure out 
Russia's economic agenda. Her husband, Tom 
Navratil (Havertbrd '82), is also a foreign ser- 
vice otficer and covers political events. Enter- 
tainment is provided by their 16-month-old 
son Luke (a.k.a. Spike), cross-country skiing, 
and long, vodka-fueled discussions with Rus- 
sians. They would Hke to hear from friends at 
U.S. Embassy Moscow, PS 77 ECON. APO 
AE 09721; naviwong@aol.com. 

John Zlatic and his wife, Karen, recently 
celebrated their tenth year in San Diego, 
where they run a holistic health care practice. 
They were expecting their third child this 
past spring. John may be reached at jonnyzee 
@aol.com. 



1983 



Emily Griffiths Bower marned Simon La 
Haye of Montreal on Sept. i at Kanne Chol- 
ing, Baniet, Vt. The ceremony was pert'omied 
by Brown Professor of Medicine Mitchell 
Levy, and a number of Brown alumni attended, 
including the bride's parents, Suzanne Grif- 
fiths Bower '53 and Glenn '52. 

David Bristol and his wife, Marcie, 
announce the birth of Louisa Christine on 
Jan. 7. "Marcie, Louisa, and big sister Isabelle 
are doing fine," David wntes, "just a little 
deprived of sleep." He can be reached at 
dbnstol@sentineltrust.coin. 

Michael R. Clarke and his wife, Pamela, 
announce the arrival of Cameron Davis on 
Sept. 30, 1995. He joined big brother Mal- 
colm. Michael won his first medical malprac- 
tice/wrongful death defense in January. 
Friends can reach him at Shanley & Fisher; 
(201) 2S5-1000; mclarke@shanley.coin. 

Robin Ellis Driscoll lives in Los Ange- 
les with her husband, a TV writer, and three 
children. They can be reached at 2153 Kress 
St., Los Angeles 90046. 

Ellen Hilsinger '87 M.D. and Brendan 
Magauran '82, '87 M.D., have moved to 
Lexington, Mass., with their kids, Brendan, 
7'4, Dean 5, and Kate, 2. Brendan practices 
emergency medicine, and Ellen is in psycho- 
phamiacology part-time. They can be reached 
at 21 Saddle Club Rd., Lexington 02173; 
(617) S60-7270; inaghil@insn.coin. 

Kristin Kruger (see Curtis F. Kruger 
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56 • JULY 1997 




Kathleen Hughes Mikaelian writes: 
"I've been rather busy since the last reunion: 
I started law school at the University of Con- 
necticut; retired from the work world; mar- 
ried Vahan Mikaehan; had a baby, and then 
had two more! Twins Meredith Clare and 
Leah Hope were bom Dec. 30. They join big 
brother Tavit, 14 months; and sisters Sarah, 
10, and Lauren, y. Now I'm a full-time mom 
and part-time law student, hoping to graduate 
someday. All this would not be possible with- 
out the help of the delighted grandparents. 
Bill '48 and Therese Arcand Hughes '49 
They retired just in time to take up caring tor 
the little ones." Kathleen would love to hear 
tVom friends at aleholdingte'worldnet. att.com. 

Alexandra Pruner moved to Houston 
111 November with her husband. David, and 
children Dagney. 7, and Collier, 2. "David's 
job brought us here, and I was able to get a 
part-time job as director of investor relations 
for an independent oil and gas producer," 
Alexandra writes. "We're looking forward to 
heading to New York this April for the wed- 
ding of my sister, Sammy Garber '90, to 
Scott Adams 'yo." Alexandra can be reached 
at (1437 Belmont St., Houston 7700s. 

Paul Quick (RUE 'y3) graduated from 
the UC-Davis medical school in June and 
will do his residency in internal medicine at 
the C\iinbridge Hospital m Cambridge, Mass. 
"Lorca Rossman 'y2 is in my graduating 
class," Paul writes. "He is going on to emer- 
gency medicine at Highland Hospital in Oak- 
land, Calif While on the inter^-iew trail, 1 
.stayed with Todd Telle 'y3 at NYU Medical 
School, Pam Wilmot 's^ and Steve Clink- 
enbeard m Boston, and was inter\'iewed by 
Paul Marantz '7S. '81 M.D. at Albert Ein- 
stein College of Medicine in the Bronx." Paul 
can be reached at the Department of Medicine, 
the Cambridge Hospital. 1493 Cambridge St.. 
Cambndge 02139; pdquick(aiearthlink.net. 

Diana Revkin and Yair Svorai (Harvard 
GSD '7y) were married on June 8 at CafTe 



Bondi 111 Manhattan. Plenty of Brown family 
were in attendance, including the bnde's 
parents, Amelia Stem Revkin '53 and 
William '50; brothers Andy '7S and Jim 'Si 
M.D.; and the bnde's uncle, Michael Stern 
'57. Diana is director of store design for Fed- 
erated Department Stores. Diana and Yair can 
be reached at yjs@interport.net. (See also 
Andy Revkin 78.) 



1984 



Alison Murray Alpert and husband Matthew 
(UVA '82) announce the birth of Katherine 
Rose on March 5. Alison is an anesthesiologist 
and Matt is a regional vice president of the 
Life Insurance Co. of Virginia. They can be 
reached at murrayinhfeslu.edu. 

Deborah J. Cooney wntes: "My life is 
finally becoming what I want. I have been a 
prot'essional musician for almost three years, 
though I was rejected by the orchestra at 
Brown. I am a signer-pianist performing under 
the stage name Celeste, acquired at the Brown 
observatory. Last year I perfomied in Japan for 
three months, on the Greek island of Crete for 
two months, and on Bourbon Street in New 
Orleans for two months during Mardi Gras. 1 
recently released a CD, Dedicated to Yoii, with 
five onginal and ten classic songs, including "I 
Feel Lucky ' by Mary Chapin Carpenter 
'81." Deborah can be reached at 1825 W. i ith 
St., .'Kusrin, Tex. 78703; (512) 49y-oys8. 

Amy L. Davidson and Marc A. Schlies- 
man would like to extend their thanks to 
the loth reunion committee for hosting the 
weekend. As a result of meeting there. Amy 
and Marc are pleased to announce their wed- 
ding on Apnl 6. Amy is a senior director ot 
Platinum Card Services at American Express 
in New York City. Marc has recently trans- 
ferred to the New York City office of Ander- 
sen Consulting, where he is a manager in the 
financial ser\'ices division. They would enjoy 



hearing from classmates at (212) 5i7-y53C>. 

George B. Deckey announces the birth 
of Benjamin Eli last July 2. "He adds to our 
streak of boys: Davey is 5, and Alex is 2><," 
George writes. "I am busy in my general sur- 
gery practice and will soon be joined in the 
next office by Louis Miller '76, who moved 
to Yuma. Anz., shortly after I arnved. Lou 
and I grew up five miles apart in Rhode 
Island and attended Moses Brown School as 
well as Brown, though we never knew each 
other in R.I. We plan to start an unofficial 
alumni club." George would like to hear from 
classmates at gowdec@aol.com. 

Susan Fendrick is coming back to Brown 
to direct Hillel's Visions for Change program, 
coordinating a network of student-run pro- 
grams m community service, social action, 
and social change. Sue was ordained a rabbi at 
the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1995 and 
has been the Hillel director/Jewish chaplain 
at American University in Washington. D.C. 
In January she officiated at the baby-naming 
ceremony for Kliel. daughter of r.ibbis Debo- 
rah '86 and David Glanzberg-Krainin 
Sue can be reached at sfendnc@capaccess.org. 

Rick Sacra, wife Debbie, and sons Max, 
s, andjared, 3, evacuated from Monrovia, 
Liberia, in April when fighting broke out in 
the seven-year civil war. Rick was working at 
a Christian mission hospital. They welcomed 
another son, Caleb, in January, and planned 
to return to Africa to work among Liberian 
refugees in Cote D'lvoire. They can be 
reached c/o SIM, BP48. Man, Cote D'lvoire; 
rsacrafajuno.com. 

Michael J. Sweeney has been promoted 
to the new position ot vice president ot sales 
at Performance Polymers Inc. in Leominster, 
Mass.. the largest independent distributor of 
resins in the country. Michael joined the com- 
pany in 1989 and was the regional sales man- 
ager for the mid-Atlantic region, based in 
Wyomissing. Pa. 

Nora Taylor has finished her Ph.D. in 
Vietnamese art history at Cornell. Last year she 
was appointed resident director of the CIEE 
program in Hanoi, Vietnam. She is editing a 
book of essays on Southeast Asian art to be 
published by Cornell University Press. She is 
looking for jobs and has no idea where her 
search wiU take her in 1998. Nora can be 
reached at Cornell University. History of Art 
Dept., Ithaca, N.Y. 14850. 

Dewey Wigod (see Bob Wigod '54). 

Keith Yamaguchi and wife Laura love 
parenthood and are busy with their son. Ben- 
jamin Reid. boni Oct. 9, 1995. The Yama- 
guchis moved from Connecticut to Chicago 
in 1994 and are now hving in Wilmette. 
Keith can be reached at (312) 345-3000. 



1985 



Chris Beck was elected to the Oregon 
House of Representatives in November and 
is currently serving in Salem. "I am working 
on school funding and environmental issues." 



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The class of 1987 poses at Alumni Field Day. 



he vvntes. "It's an uphill battle, since the 
antigovemment forces are the majority party. 
I have been working as a project manager for 
the Trust for Public Land since 1991, and 1 
continue 111 a part-time capacity during the 
legislative session. I'm still single and looking." 
Chns can be reached at mthoodi(ai aol.com. 

Lauris Davies and her husband, Dave 
Dellarco, were joined by Jonas Michael Del- 
larco on Jan. 10. Lauris took a five-month 
leave until June i from the U.S. EPA regional 
office in Seattle, where she manages the 
groundwater protection program. "By the 
time this is published, we hope to have Jonas 
in the pack and on the trail m the Olympic 
and Cascade mountains," Lauris writes. She'd 
love to hear from fnends passing through the 
Seattle area at davies.launsiSiepamail.epa.gov. 

Rachel Marcus Farrell and Edward 
Farrell announce the birth of Eva Palonia on 
Sept. 2 1 . The family is living in Geneva, and 
Edward and Rachel are working on their 
skiing and sailing. Friends passing through can 
reach them at 41-22-349-1468; 215 Route de 
Malagnou, chi224 Chene-Bougeries, Switzer- 
land; rachel.farrelli'ajbankerstrust.com. 

Mark Ferris writes: "I've never gotten 
around to announcing my marriage or the 
birth of my kids. My wife of eight-and-a-half 
years, Cheryl, and I have four children: 
Shanna, Dean, James, and Rebekah." Mark 
can be reached at 146 SW Seminole fir.. 



Aloha, Oreg. 97006; mdf@teleport.com. 

Lisa Foderaro is a reporter on the Metro 
staff at the Neiv York Times. She lives on the 
Upper West Side of Manhattan with her hus- 
band, Don Pollard (GrinneU College '81), a 
freelance photographer. She was sorry to miss 
the last reunion, but being on crutches from a 
broken foot, she thought it would be hard to 
navigate College HiU. She looks fonvard to 
2000, and can be reached at (212) 749-3228; 
400 Central Park West, #I2V, New York 
City 10025. 

Michael Kavanau and his wife, Kelly, 
announce the birth of Victoria Sarah on Jan. 24 
in Boca Raton, Fla. She joins sister Alexan- 
dra, 5, and brother Nicholas, 2'i. Michael is a 
director with the mortgage banking company 
Holliday Fenoglio. 

Michaela Meehan mamed Tom Michael 
(Colgate '74) in 1990. Their son, James Peter 
Michael, was born July 14, 1994. After several 
years in Chicago, Tom is a portfolio manager 
in Washington, D.C. Michaela is a policy 
analyst with the Bureau of International Labor 
AtYairs at the U.S. Department of Labor. 
They can be reached at 625 Pickford Place, 
NE, Washington, D.C. 20002. 

Marjorie Buff Murphy '88 M.D. and 
John Murphy '87, \jo M.D. announce the 
arrival of Chnstopher Andrew on Sept. 21 . 
He joins brother Michael, 3. Margie and John 
are heading back to Rhode Island this month 
after John finishes his cardiology fellowship at 
Washington University in St. Louis. He will 
join a private practice in Narragansett, and 



Margie will be director of neuro-ophthaimology 
at Rhode Island Hospital. 

Steve Press has successfully argued his 
first case in front of the Minnesota Court of 
Appeals. He also published an article on col- 
lections law in a local legal periodical, the 
Hennepin Lawyer. Fnends can reach Steve and 
his wife, Judy, at 810 Thornton St.. SE, #601, 
Minneapolis 55414. 

Mimsie Robinson, a science teacher at 
New York Cin's Unity High School, was 
named the 1997 New York State Teacher of 
the Year. At Unify he developed a biology 
class dealing with moral and ethical issues, 
featuring topics such as science fiction, tech- 
nology, the Internet, and genetic engineering. 
Mimsie and his wife, Beverly, a choral teacher 
at Middle School 54, live in Harlem with 
Michelle, 6, and David, 4. They are active in 
church and community affairs. 

Vincent Rougeau was awarded tenure 
and promoted to associate professor at Loyola 
University in Chicago in March. In 1997-98 
he wiU be a visiting associate professor of law 
at Notre Dame. His wife, Robin, practices 
pediatrics with the Loyola Pnmary Care Group 
111 Oakbrook Terrace, 111. Son Christian will 
be 3 in August, and Alexander, who shares a 
birthday with Vincent's brother John '91, 
turned i on March 19. John is an attorney for 
the c\Vf of Chicago. Vincent can be reached 
at 3917 Wolf Rd., Western Springs, HI. 60558; 
vrougeafa'luc.edu. 

Elisabeth A. "Waymire and Brad Davirro 
announce the arrival of Alexandra Jo on May 



58 ♦ JULY 1997 



6. She joins Natalie, 3. They can be reached 
at 132 Colton Ave.. San Carlos, Cahf. 94070. 



1986 



Vikrain Airi married Laiua Khaw Tin Hooi 
of Malaysia at an hidian ceremony in the 
United States in November, and at a Chinese 
ceremony in Malaysia two months later. 
They now live in Singapore, where Vikrain 
does project financing for a Canadian invest- 
ment bank. He would love to hear from old 
friends: 201 Tanjong Rhu Rd., #06-16 Park- 
shore, Singapore 436917; vikraniarto'inhoxi. 
singnet.com.sg. 

Alison Fink Deutsch and her husband. 
Jesse (Wharton 86), announce the birth ot 
Hannah Molly on Jan. 16. Alison is a market- 
ing manager at Pepsi-Cola, and Jesse is a 
manager of planning for Phihp Morris. They 
can be reached at 390 Bedford Rd., Chap- 
paqua, N.Y. 105 14. 

Gloria Gonzalez, La Coruiia, Spam, 
wntes: "1 am fiiKiliy connected at home and 
I am trying to find Ian Todreas. Where are 
you?" Gloria can be reached at Manuel Mur- 
guia 12, 3izq., 15011 La Coruha. Spain; 
ggd@mx2 .redestb . es . 

Leon L. Haley Jr. and wife Carla (Penn 
State '86) announce the birth of Wesley 
Robert on Feb. 20. He joins Grant Dennis. 14 
months. Leon completed his master's in health 
service administration at the University ot 
Michigan last fall. He is now medical codirec- 
tor of the emergency care center of Grady 
Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and an assistant 
professor of emergency medicine at Emory. 
Carla also joined the Emory faculty as an 
assistant professor of medicine and pediatrics. 
She will practice at Emory-Adventist Hospital 
in Smyrna, Ga. They are in temporaiy quar- 
ters until their house is completed, but they 
can be reached at (770) 971-498,^. 

Karen McMullen Homer and her hus- 
band, Ronald, announce the birth of Avery 
Soleil on Nov. 25. Karen is a dialogue editor 
on feature films. "Stick around and read the 
credits!" she writes. "I'd love to hear from 
Suite Sweeties, Hope Ho's, and other long past 
pals." Karen can be reached at 15 7th Ave., 
#4, Brooklyn, N.Y. 11217; (718) 398-8091. 

Richard Taylor and his wife, Kelli 
(Universirs' of Oregon '86), announce the 
buth of Elijah Robinson on Nov. 15 in Wash- 
ington, D.C. Elijah joins big sister Madison. 
Rich and Kelli are accepting donations to the 
Send Elijah to College Fund at 975 North 
Madison St., ArHngton, Va. 22205; (703) 241- 
7496; rtaylor@mpaa.org. 



1987 



Debbie Bercuvitz and her partner, Kns 
Thomson (RISD "89), have joined the lesbian 
and gay parenting community in Durham, 
N.C., with the birth of Espy Hannah Bercu- 
vitz Thomson on Feb. 10. Debbie is on leave 



from her job as a research analyst at Research 
Triangle Institute, while Kris continues to 
work as the owner of Finishing Touch Paint- 
ing. They hope to move back to New Eng- 
land. They can be reached at (919) 490-1706. 

Daniel Davis and Lisa Fagin Davis 
88. Los Angeles, announce the birth ot Marc 
Philip on Jan. 13. The grandson of Michael 
Davis '61, Marc made his Brown debut with 
big sister Zoi at Dan's loth reunion. The 
couple can be reached at 
ldavis64.so@aol.com. 

Randall C. Dunn was named senior 
master at Landon School's middle school, a 
Bethesda, Md., all-boys day school, in March. 
He wiU lead and direct the middle school's 
150 students, its faculty, and its statf. Previ- 
ously, Randall served as upper-school head at 
Derby Academy in Hingham, Mass. 

Edward J. Goddard, Warwick, R.I., 
has cofounded the law practice of Kenney & 
Goddard in Boston. The firm will specialize 
m htigation, employment, labor, construction, 
insurance, personal injury, real estate, and 
business law. Edward can be reached at 92 
State St., Boston 02109; ('''i?) 367-3500. 

Emily Bernstein Gerber married L^avid 
Gerber (Washington Universiry- "78. NYCOM 
'82) in April 1995. Cindy Weinbaum and 
Caryn Wertheimer were in the bridal party. 
"Cindy can't deny it," Emily writes. "I have 
pictures." Emily is in training at ICON Clini- 
cal Research Inc. in Nomstown, Pa., and 
would love to hear from tnends at 229 Der- 
wen Rd., Menon, Pa. 19066; gerbere@ 
iconus.com. 

Alexandra Handago married Andrew 
Rudzinski in October. They met in grad 
school at Perm, where they both received their 
master's in city planning. They have bought a 
house m Philadelphia and have two rambunc- 
tious beagles. Alex is a real estate portfolio 
manager tor Montauk Inc., and Andrew is a 
research director with Grubb and EUis. In 
their free time, Alex does ceramics and is 
involved in conmiunity theater, and Andrew 
plays golf They can be reached at 6439 
Woodcrest Ave., Philadelphia 19151; (215) 
878-0223; alex2a11dvMaol.com. 

Michele deVezin Olivier manned 
David Alexander Laird (Sewanee '85) 111 Jan- 
uary 1994. Michele is an international develop- 
ment consultant working for Abt Associates 
Inc. David works for Fannie Mae. Fnends are 
welcome to visit or write at 919 Westminister 
St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. 

David Newfeld has finished his third 
year of teaching English in Japan. This sum- 
mer he hopes to find a job in Tokyo in a 
multimedia- or Internet-related field. "I'm 
not relishing the idea ot living in the world's 
largest city," David writes, "but at least I'll 
have the privilege of seeing movies for $16." 
He can be reached at Shimosanagura 530-1, 
Tateyama Chiba 294, Japan; 
newfeld@awa.or.jp. 

Janet Rickershauser, San Francisco, is 
slowly recovenng from a neuropathy result- 
ing trom an accident in France two years ago. 



She's resumed work on her Ph.D. on Pascal, 
Montaigne, and St. Augustine. Jose Estabil 
'84 is director of marketing at Tencor. Janet 
and Jose can be reached at jose.estabil@ten- 
cor.com. 

Micah Solotnon is president of Oasis 
CD iSc Cassette l^uplication, which manufac- 
tures CDs, CD-ROMs, and cassettes for 
musicians, record labels, and software compa- 
nies. Oasis also promotes its music cUents 
nationwide on the OasisSampler^" CD series. 
Recent projects include Live at the Iron Horse 
with Mary Chapin Carpenter '81 and others. 
Micah reports he is 111 the process of moving 
his company to rural Virginia, near Shenan- 
doah National Park. "We're buying a large 
Victorian on Main Street and rezoning it," he 
writes. "It has made the front page of the 
local paper - I guess I'm learning about 'small 
ponds.' " Micah can be reached at Box 128, 
Washington, Va. 22747; (800) 697-5734; 
micahfa'oasiscd.com. 

Peter Weyler and Jennifer Wick Weyler 
announce the birth of Audrey Lynn, born at 
home in Worcester, Mass., on Feb. 17. 
Attending the birth were Dr. Anita Kostecki 
and Audrey's sister Allison, 3, whose home- 
birth e.xpenence included Dr. Kathy Rosen- 
field 83. 

Elizabeth Lies Wey (see Philip D. Wey 
'82). 



1988 



Jacqueline Berman has been awarded the 
Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Grant in 
women's studies for her proposed dissertation, 
"Engendering Transition: PoUsh Women, 
Democratization, and International Relations." 
Jacquehne is studying international relations at 
Arizona State UniversiU'. 

Robert Caron Byrnes, chief speech 
writer to Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld from 
1992 to 1995, is in his second year at Stanford 
Law School. "Never going back East," he 
wntes. "Madly in love with Dawn Ebert 
(Harvard '92)." Robert can be reached at 
rcbynies(S leland.stanford.edu. 

Andrew Coon and Heather Kelly (Buck- 
nell '91), New York Ciry, announce the birth 
of Aldan Kelly Coon on Jan. 3. Andrew is 
a bond analyst at Standard & Poor's Corp., 
and Heather teaches classics at Trinity School 
in Manhattan. They would love to hear from 
fnends at (212) 865-6563; acoon@mcgraw- 
hill.com. 

Anne Ehresman has moved from San 
Francisco to Tallah.issee, Fla. "After two 
months in my 1982 Honda Accord and 10,000 
miles on the road, " she wntes, "I was very 
pleased to amve in Florida. Kip Harkness and 
I visited lots of Brown tnends across country. 
We plan to marry in August. I'm working as 
an advocate on hunger and poverty issues 
while he completes his degree in urban and 
regional planning." Anne can be reached 
at 515'''= E. CaroHna St., Tallahassee 32303; 
ehresman@freenet.tlh.fl.us. 



BROWN ALUMNI MONTHLY ♦ 5 9 



Milisa M. Galazzi writes: "I gave hirth 
lo Daniel Stefan Michel on Feb. lo, just tour 
days after writing the last sentence of my 
RISD graduate thesis. I love being a mom, 
working as an adjunct professor at RISD, and 
directing the Brewster Day Camp on Cape 
Cod. I'm always looking for good camp 
statf." Milisa can be reached at (401) 461-4647. 

Bonnie Hillman extends greetings from 
Down Under, where she lives in a httle 
house by the sea, acts, and studies naturopathy 
(herbal medicine, homeopathy, massage). 
She would love to hear from friends at 9 St. 
Thomas St., Bronte N.S.W. 2024, Australia; 
bdh(a>talent. com.au. 

Audrey Kang '92 M.D. married Thomas 
Tesauro (Georgia Tech '90, Vanderbilt '94 
M.D.) on Sept. 7 in Memphis. Bridesmaids 
included Audrey's sisters, Cynthia Kang- 
Rotondo '81, '85 M.D., and Edith Kang 
David '84; and her maid of honor was Paula 
Abdalas. Many other alumni attended the 
ceremony. Audrey finished her residency in 
ob-gyn at Vanderbilt and is currently com- 
pleting a fellowship in matemal-tetal medicine 
there. She can be reached at audrey.kang@ 
mcmail.vanderbilt.edu. 

Jeremy B. Straughn is a doctoral candi- 
date in sociolog>' at the University of Chicago. 
He has been a visiting scientist at the Max 
Planck Institute for Education Research in 
Berhn since September. Beginning in August, 
he can be reached at 2441 S. Western Ave. #4, 
Chicago 60608; strau@cicero.spc.uchicago.edu. 

Steven Tapper is an associate at Harben 
& Hartley in Gainesville, Ga., specializing in 
school and education law. He would like to 
hear from friends at (770) 935-9020. 

Monique Valcour and her husband, 
Dan, announce the birth of Sophie Chantal 
on Nov. 4. She joins Madeleine. 2. The Val- 
cours are moving to Ithaca, N.Y., where 
Monique is starting a Ph.D. program in orga- 
nizational behavior at Cornell's School of 
Industnal and Labor Relations. 

Etnily Wigod (see Bob Wigod '54)- 

John R. Winther marned Heather Pear- 
son (SMU '89) on March 8 in San Francisco. 
Plenty of classmates attended the wedding. 
John is a vice president with Spieker Proper- 
ties 111 Emeryville. Calif 

Ken Wong is back at work for the New 
York City public relations firm Burson- 
MarsteUer. after a yearlong Olympics-related 
assignment in Atlanta. "Now, I just have to 
figure out a way to get assigned to Sydney in 
time for the Summer Games in 2000," he 
writes. Ken was dehghted to catch up with 
Alex Rein '96 and other alums of the Brown 
Fencing Team at this year's Intercollegiate 
Fencing Association Championship in Queens. 
Ken can be reached at P.O. Box 541, New 
York City 10159; kenneth-bmny_wong@ 
bm.com 



lished Mulual Fund Investing on the Internet: 
Tlie Ultimate Guide to Mutual Fund Trading and 
Information Online. The book offers readers 
investment strategies and helps them navigate 
the online world. Peter is an editor and Web- 
master at IBC Financial Data, a mutual fijiid 
data provider. Previously he was editor of two 
invesmient newsletters. Since 1991 he has wnt- 
ten his own newsletter, Iiwestiui; for the Masses. 

Jim McKinney and Nina Lewis Mc- 
Kinney '90 announce the birth of Samuel 
John on Nov. i. Jim and Nina can be reached 
at 201 South Emerson St., Denver 80209. 

Michael Natkin announces his engage- 
ment to Kathleen Therese Dineen. The wed- 



medical resident at Yale-New Haven Hospital 
and will begin a fellowship in cardiology at 
Yale this month. They look forward to hear- 
ing from friends at 11 Bedford Ave., #G2, 
Norwalk, Conn. 06850; pstock44@ aol.com. 



1990 



Deborah D'Amico Bergner and her hus- 
band, Christopher (North Carolina State '91), 
Warwick, R.I., announce the birth of Hailey 
Wynne on Feb. i. She joins Casey Rachel, 
bom Dec. 31, 1994. For the past three years 
Deborah has been an area coordinator in the 




1989 



Peter G. Crane, Newton, Mass., has pub- 



ding is planned for Sept. 7 in Milwaukee. 
Michael can be reached at 1870 N. Arlington 
PI. #3, Milwaukee 53202; injn@sgi.com. 

Rachel Weber Ortiz and Alejandro 
Ortiz (Berkeley '85, UCLA '93) announce the 
birth of Isabel Weber on Oct. 2. They would 
love to hear from friends at 2300 Las Flores 
Canyon Rd., Malibu, Calif 90265. 

Kathy Coskren Parks and her husband, 
Andrew, announce the birth of Sarah Emily 
on Jan. 10. Auntie Karen Coskren '91 is 
the godmother. Kathy can be reached at 319 
Classon Ct., Somerset, NJ. 08873. 

Sonya Stevens and Michael Watts 
announce the birth of their first child, Nicholas 
Lyman MiUer Watts, on Sept. 19. Sonya is in 
her second year of pediatnc residency at Yale- 
New Haven Hospital. She can be reached at 
60 Foxbndge Village Rd., Branford, Conn. 
06405. 

Philip Stockwell manned Sue Cosen- 
tino '90 on Sept. 7 in their hometown of 
Famiington, Conn. Philip and Sue honey- 
mooned in Hawaii. She recently completed a 
master's in Spanish at NYU and works as an 
editor of English-as-a-second-language text- 
books for Simon &' Schuster. Philip is chief 



office of student life at Wheaton College. She 
can be reached at dbergnerfawheatonma.edu. 

Eric Golden mamed Rebecca Walker 
(Georgetown '91) on April 12 at the Brook- 
lyn, N.Y., Botanic Garden. Eric and Rebecca 
met in their first year at Harvard Law. The 
wedding parry included Chris Lemley, Alex 
Harwitz, Bart Lautenbach, Julian Petrillo 
'91, Eric Chaikin 89, and Rich Greenberg 
'88. Rona Gomel was a reader during the 
ceremony. Eric works at Stillman & Friedman, 
a firm that speciahzes m white-collar cnminal 
defense in New York City. He can be 
reached at goldennc@aol.com. 

Brian Kaye and his wife, Wendy (UNH 
'89), have purchased a house. Brian is now 
working for the federal sales division of Com- 
puter Associates. They can be reached at 
5310 N. 27th St., Arlington, Va. 22207; (703) 
536-7559; kaybroi@aol.com. 

Amir Mehran has moved from San 
Francisco to New Jersey. He is finishing his 
surgery residency and can be reached at 842 
Blooinfield Ave., #8, Montclair, NJ. 07042. 

Kristin E. Nesbum earned her M.D. 
from Penn and is now a first-year ophthalmol- 
ogy resident at UC-San Francisco. She spends 



60 ♦ JULY 1997 



her free time RoUerblading in Golden Gate 
Park .md hanging out with fellow Brunonians. 
Kristin can be reached at knesbur(« 
itsa.ucst.edu. 

Gabriela Recio married Pablo Coder on 
Dec. 14 in Ixtapa, Mexico. Witnesses included 
Paola Tempesti. Gabnela and Pablo are 
now living in Mexico Cit\'. where they teach 
economics at the university. 

Mark E. Walter writes: "After grad 
school and a post-doc in Germany, I'm an 
assistant professor of engineering mechanics at 
Ohio State University. 1 recently caught up 
with Rob West, who is finishing his Ph.D. 
at Washington University. He still has some 
M.D. requirements, and after that it's on to 
residency somewhere." Mark can be reached 
at (614) 292-6081; walter.8o@osu.edu; 
http://hcgl.eng.ohio-state.edu/~walter. 



I99I 



Claudia Aguero would hke to hear from 
fnends at Rua Tenente Max Wolf Filho, 242. 
Cuntiba, PR 80.240-090, Brazil; 
aaguerafa quaht\^vare. com.br. 

David Stnith Allyn received a Ph.D. in 
history from Har\-ard in November and is 
teaching m the history department at Pnnce- 
ton. His dissertation on the sexual revolution 
of the 1960s will be published by Little, 
Brown in 199S. Jennifer Wilcha Allyn 90 
is a senior associate at Catalyst Inc., a New 
York City consulting fimi working to dis- 
mantle the glass ceiling in business. They can 
be reached at (609) 279-0980. 

Bill Evans teaches mathematics and 
coaches football, wrestling, and strength train- 
ing at Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, 
Tenn. He can be reached at 935 Evans Rd., 
Nashville 37204; (61 _s) 383-9630. 

After five years with a D.C. -based finan- 
cial consulting fmii, Jen Mayer has moved to 
San Francisco to work for the Federal High- 
way Administration's Western finance center. 
When she's not traveling on business to Hon- 
olulu, Myrtle Beach, or Boise (Idaho), Jen is 
e.xplonng bookstores in the Mission and feel- 
ing the alienation of being a federal worker in 
a city that boasts more herbalists than bureau- 
crats. She welcomes contact at 925 Guerrero, 
#12, San Francisco 94110; (415) 282-4085; 
jennifer.mayerfathwa. dot.gov. 

Neil McGaraghan and Amy Roberts 
'92 moved to San Francisco last summer. Neil 
is in his first year of law school at UCSF- 
Hastings, and Amy is an intern in obstetrics 
and gynecology at UCSF. They were plan- 
ning a wedding on Martha's Vineyard in 
June. They can be reached at (415) S61-7346; 
amyrobefa itsa.ucsf edu. 

Rollyn Omstein graduated from NYU 
medical school and is completing her first- 
vear residency in pediatrics at Columbia-Pres- 
bytenan Hospital in New York City. Her 
husband, Albert Sipzener '92, works for 
Lehman Brothers and will attend Columbia's 
business school in the fall. 




1993 



Hank Richter '80 (right) of the Rhode Island 
Brown Club was a Field Day organizer. 



1992 



Elyse Dashew married TodcH Bevendge on 
Dec. 28 111 Santa Monica, Calif Many Bruno- 
mans attended the wedding. Todd and Elyse 
would love to hear from fnends at 1263 s Del- 
man Ln., Pineville, N.C.; edx(a earthlink.net. 

Elliott R. Haut and Jayne S. Gerson 
are engaged. Elliott popped the question on 
the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. 
|ayne, a Ph.D. candidate m biological anthro- 
pology and anatomy at Duke, is doing field 
research on lemur social behavior in Mada- 
gascar with funding from the National Geo- 
graphic Society. Elliott graduated from Penn 
medical school last year and is a surgical resi- 
dent at Pennsylvania Hospital. They would 
love to hear from friends: Jayne Gerson, Poste 
Mitsinjo 417, Mahajanga 401, Madagascar; 
Elhott Haut, 241 S. 6th St., #1709, Philadel- 
phia 19106; (215) 829-9492. 

Deborah Hirsch and her husband. Lenny, 
announce the birth of Anella Pearl on Dec. 
10. Deborah, who has finished her master's in 
comparative literature at UNC, is now home 
full-time. She would love to hear fi-om friends 
at 5312 McConnick Road. Durham, N.C. 
-7713; (919) 405-2388; drgrowl@email.unc.edu. 

Kim Jones and Peter Scott (Rochester "9 1 , 
Kellogg '96 M.B.A.) will marrs' in September. 
They live in Chicago's Lincoln Park with 
their dog, Nellie. Kim is a manager with First 
Consulting Group m Chicago, specializing 
in health care mt'omiation systems. Kim keeps 
in touch with several fnends from Brown, 
including Lori Bluvas yi, Kara Forman 
'93, Catherine Bank '^3, John Rountree 
'90, Matt Borghesani, and Roger Coulter. 
She can be reached at kjones(g!fcgnet.com. 

Lorca Rossman (see Paul Quick 'S3). 



Class secretan Kyle Hackett Smith reminds 
vou to submit news to the BAM and to her 
for inclusion in the class newsletter. She can 
be reached at 14 Kahikatea St., Inglewood, 
Taranaki, New Zealand; 
eksmithta voyager. CO. nz. 

Jennifer Carr has left Andersen Consult- 
ing to become a senior health care analyst at 
Gartner Group, a technology advisory ser- 
vices firm. Jenn keeps in touch with Boston- 
based Brown roommates Devon Pike and 
Alex Klickstein Glazier. Devon is a men's 
clothing buyer for Filene's department stores, 
and Alex is an attorney at Ropes &' Gray. 
Dave Lindstrom has relocated from Chicago 
to New York Cin- and is a sales representa- 
tive for U.S. Robotics. Jenn can be reached 
It jennifer.carrffi'gartner.com. 

Ethan Michael Flaherty, Boston, joined 
the law tinii ot Peabody & Brown as an asso- 
ciate in Apnl. He will focus on mergers and 
acquisitions, public and pnvate financing, 
joint ventures, and other business agreements. 
Ethan is a member of the Amencan and 
Boston bar associations and the Massachusetts 
Interactive Media Council. 

Ruth S. Kanef married Alan S. Bash 
(Georgetown '93) on Aug. 1 1 in WadclifT 
Lake, NJ. Ruth's brother, Matthew '89, was 
an usher, and Tracy Elias was a bndesmaid. 
Many other Brown friends were in atten- 
dance. The couple lives in New York City, 
where Ruth is an organizational perfomiance 
coordinator at Maimomdes Medical Center 
and Alan wntes for USA Today. 

Tania Lozansky writes: "After a sum- 
mer of saving tigers m the Russian Far East, 
I am now at the Stanford business school. I 
am also getting married to a future rock star 
in Sibena this summer. Everyone who knows 
me IS invited! Please check out my Web page 
for details and an online RSVP at http:// 
w^vw. leland.stanford.edu/~tania/." Tania can 
also be reached at tania@leland.stanford.edu. 

Paul Quick (see '83). 

Todd Telle (see Paul Quick '83). 

Stephanie Wank and Dya Kofman 
were married last Aug. r8 in New York City. 
They honeymooned in Thailand. Many alums 
attended the wedding, including nine mem- 
bers of Alpha Delta Phi. Stephanie graduated 
from Harvard Law m May and is clerking for 
a federal district judge. Ilya is working toward 
a Ph.D. in mathematics at the University of 
Maryland, College Park. They hve in Balti- 
more and can he reached at ikofiiian@inath. 
umd.edu. 



1994 



Joseph Y. Allen wntes: "On April 3 I became 
engaged to my high-school sweetheart. Amy 
Dinkins. We expect to be married in early 
April 1998. My roommate, George Younis, 

and 1 only have one year left at the Universitv' 
of Texas Southwestern Medical School." 



BROWN ALUMNI MONTHLY ♦ 61 



Joseph can be reached at 4313 Gilbert Ave., 
Dallas 75219: jllen.joseph(a,'tumora.s\vmed.edu. 

Erica Forssen took a weeklong jaunt in 
England with Michael Paulson. The two 
made their way through ever\' bookstore and 
bus station from Bnstol to Bath and caught the 
Merry IViva of Windsor at the Royal Shake- 
speare Theatre m Stratford-Upon-Avon. 
Erica works tor New England Research Insti- 
tutes, a public-health research firm in Boston. 
She can be reached at 338 Ferry St., #3, 
Maiden, Mass. 02148; ericaf@neri.org. 

Portia Hall finished her M.A.T. at Lewis 
and Clark College in Portland, Oreg., last 
August. After a semester as a substitute, she is 
now a full-time teacher at her old high school. 
During spnng break Portia went to Redlands. 
Cahf . to visit Kerri Flanagan and Bryan 
Norman '96. "Everyone seems to be moving 
to Portland except people from Brown," Por- 
tia writes. "1 have a guest room in my house 
that is always open for visits." She can be 
reached at phall@pps.k12.or.us. 

Kathy Hannon is in a master's program 
in product design, a fusion of engineering and 
art, at Stanford. She lives m Fremont, Calif, 
with her fiance, Chns Davies, and their rvvo 
cats, Sam and Felony. Their wedding is 
planned for Aug. 9. Kathy can be reached at 
309 Pearl Dr., Livermore, Cahf 94550. 

Michael Hurt received a Peter Ohm 
Scholarship to study Korean at Yonsei Uni- 
versity this summer. He has a Weh page, 
http://home.earthlink.net/~michaelhurt/. 
Michael can also be reached at 76202.2 165@ 
CompuServe .com. 

Melisa Lai '99 M.D. writes; "It's not that 
I know more Brown alums getting married - 
I just write about them. After going home to 
New York Ciry, where his mother gave him 
her engagement nng to give to his future 
wife, Andrew Kalinsky '95, '99 M.D. pro- 
posed to Jenny Souther '95, '99 M.D. over 
Easter weekend. The class is wondering 
whether Andrew and Jenny are considering a 
June 9 wedding (the day before our National 
Boards) — we'd all be there! Andrew and 
Jenny can be reached at andrew_kalinsky@ 
brown.edu and jennifer_souther@brown.edu." 
Melisa can be reached at melisa_lai@brown.edu. 

Jennifer Lloyd, Austin, Tex., can be 
reached at jenny. Iloydiuniail. utexas.edu. 

Sarah Lloyd has resigned from the 
Sibenan Forests Protection Project in San 
Francisco, where she worked since graduation 
with Russian environmentalists, scientists, 
and citizens to protect the taiga of Siberia and 
the Russian Far East. Sarah plans to spend 
time on the family farm in Wisconsin before 
heading to Scandinavia for bike tounng, beixy 
picking, and studying boreal forest ecology. 
She can be reached via her parents at 2516 
36th St.. Rock Island, 111. 61 201. 

Chuck Magee has been appointed the 
Ringwood Scholar in Earth Sciences at Aus- 
traha National University. He is working on a 
Ph.D. in geochemistry and can be reached at 
19 Lenehan St., Giralang A.C.T. 2607, Aus- 
tralia; charles.magee@anu.edu.au. 




Jacquelin Nicewamer married Jeffrey 
Landsman on Dec. 1 5 in Columbia, Md. Sev- 
eral alumni attended the small ceremony. Jeff 
IS a resident in family practice at the Univer- 
sity of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. Jacki 
got a master's in physical therapy from the 
University of Maryland in May. The couple 
would love to hear from friends at 75G5 E. 
Weatherworn Way, Columbia 21046. 

Jesse Poole, New York City, works for 
Liberty Travel. He has been living with Matt 
Schulz '95. but Matt will be leaving for law 
school in the near future. "I have seen many 
Brownies lately," Jesse wntes, "especially at 
Dowdy Smack concerts. We're all bummed 
about Vart's departure, and wish him well. 
Cheers, Vartan!" Jesse can be reached at 145 
West 5Sth St., #4A, New York City 10019. 

Scott Raposa writes: "My old room- 
mate, David Hannallah, has a great set of 
Web pages at http://niedicine.wustl.edu/ 
~hannalld/usa. They are all about his cross- 



country bike tnp." Scott can be reached at 
raposa@gsidanet.danet.com. 

Kurt Reisenberg and Jake Garcia, 
Washington, D.C., work for the Advisory 
Board Company, a private-sector research and 
consulting tiriii. Their funk band. Monio, 
which includes Andy Castonguay '92 on 
vocals, is tounng the D.C. club scene. "With 
the arrival of Dave "Vito" Cardegna in 
early spring (after two sordid postgraduate 
years in the Bay Area)," Kurt wntes, "the old 
gang will be almost entirely based on the East 
Coast. Mike Pomerantz is in Philadelphia 
at Temple Law School; Gus Schepens '95 
works 111 Boston; and Russell Delacour, 
Chad Royce, Andrew Gillies, and Scott 
Mann '95 live in New York City. Only Earl 
Bethel, who is working in L.A., and John 
Melfi, who is pursuing a law degree in Ore- 
gon, remain holdouts." Kurt can be reached 
at reisenbergk@advisory.com. 

Greg Retsinas writes: "After two year- 



62 ♦ JULY 1997 



long •itints at d.iily newspapers in Okl.ihonu 
and Pennsylvania, 1 am now a reporter tor the 
Sarasota (Fla.) Hchild-Trilniiic. I get to enjoy 
nightly sunsets over the Gulf with my fiancee, 
Meredith (University of Alabama '94)." They 
can be reached at 1050 Capn Isles Blvd.. Apt. 
G-103, Venice, Fla. 34292; (941) 4.SS-0163; 
hulkstery4(y aol.com. 

Jon Richter and Karen Wintraub 
announce their engagement. Jon lives in New 
Orleans and attends Tulane law school. Karen 
has finished her second year of law school at 
the University of Toronto. Their wedding is 
scheduled for May 24. 1998, in Toronto. 

Daniel C. Rosenberg interned at the 
White House and then worked for President 
Clinton's pollsters, Penn & Schuen Associates, 
where he did corporate market research and 
traveled to Asia many times to meet cUents. 
Daniel is now at the Kennedy School of Gov- 
ernment at Har\'ard, where he joins Rachel 
Teisch, Sabrina Su, Michael Goldstein, 
and Geoffrey Kirkman. Daniel can be reached 
at (212) 249-3349; rosenbe(a?ksg.harvard.edu. 

Daisy Whitney was recently engaged to 
Jetf Brooks of Denver. Jelf is a producer with 
Fox News, and Daisy wntes for a variety 
of Denver publications, including the Denver 
Post and the Deiwcr Business Journal. They 
plan a fall wedding in Key West, Fla. Daisy 
would love to hear from alumni in the Den- 
ver area at pepr(a'worldnet. att.net. 



1995 



Clio Chafee and Michael Reznick '94 have 
lived in the Westwood area of Los Angeles 
for more than a year. Mike is a consultant at 
KPMG Peat Marwick. Clio is studying 
graphic design at Otis College of An and had 
a video piece accepted to a group show at the 
Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies. 
They see a lot of Brent Curtis '91, Chris 
Crosman "91, Joanna White '93, Brian 
Madden '93, Derek Matsura. Chandler 
Evans, Susanah Dunn, and Suzi Lieber- 
man. 0\'er Chnstmas in Providence, Clio was 
thnlled to see Michelle Geller '92, Chris- 
tian Abuelo '91, and Caitlin Riley '92. 
Aysha Somasundaram planned to visit Clio 
and Michael 111 transit from Minneapohs to 
India in May. CUo and Michael can be reached 
at 10950 Massachusetts Ave., Los Angeles 
90024: (310) 477-9506; nireznick@kpmg.com. 

Laurel Galgano can be reached at thales 
@cris.com. 

Joseph K. Grant has finished his second 
year of law school at L^uke. This summer he 
will work at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, 
and Calfee, Halter & Gnswold in Cleveland. 
Joseph can be reached at his permanent 
address, 10902 Wade Park Ave., Cleveland 
44106; (216) 721-3606; or during the school 
year at 201 Alexander Ave., Apt. E, Durham, 
N.C. 27705; (919) 613-1985; jg2826@student. 
law.duke.edu. 

Noemi Kubiak interned for the U.N. 
in Kenva and then worked out of New York 



Cir\' as a tour manager for educational tnps 
on ships m the Mediterranean. Last sunmier 
she settled in Poland, working at Ogilvy & 
Mather. Noenu would love to hear from 
fnends at Zgoda 9 m 25, 00-018 Warsaw; 48- 
22-8271761 ; noemikw omp.com.pl. 

Karl Lozanne is teaching biolog>- and 
physiolog\' at a Providence public high school 
and has finished interviewing for medical 
schools. He recently spent a weekend with 
Shani King, who is at Harvard Law, Eugene 
Smith, who is at Boston College Law, and 
Stephen Smith '96. 

Ruth Neighbors's company moved her 
to Beijing, China, where she worked as a 
television production manager in a media co- 
production company until October. Primarily 
the producer of a prime-time weekly interna- 
tional sports program, she made logistical 
arrangements and accompanied crews shooting 
sports events in Italy, Malaysia, England, and 
South Korea. "My WBRL' news expenence 
came in handy," she writes. "In Italy. I 
knocked down another cameraman to get the 
pnze interview." Ruth recently moved to 
Taipei, where she is studying Chinese and 
looking for a job in pubhc relations or jour- 
nahsm. She can be reached c/o AIT-Taipei 
(CIS). Dept. of State, Washington. D.C. 
20521; ruth@mail.ait.org.tw. 

Jill A. Portugal writes: "I've quit radio 
for good. I now work at a CBS atfiliate in 
Portland, Oreg., wnting TV news, and I 
started my own T-shirt company. One Angry 
Girl Designs. Ms. magazine was allegedly 
going to feature me in the March/April issue." 
Jill can be reached at 2225 NW Hoyt St., 
Portland 97210; (503) 243-7988. 

David Schoplar writes: "I will be living 
in my bamboo hut until June 1998, though 
I am craving a Silver Truck fned-egg super. 
Alas, here in the Philippines, rice and fish three 
times a day must sutTice. Despite the lack of 
goumiet food (or electricit)'), I love my life as 
a Peace Corps volunteer. Mail is a big event, 
so let me hear from classmates." David can be 
reached at San Andres, 48 10 Catanduanes, 
Philippines. 



1996 



Stephane Erard can be reached at 224 E. 
74th St., Apt. 10, New York City 10021. 

Shabnam Noghrey can be reached at 10 
E. Ontano, #2805, Chicago 6061 1; s-noghrey 
(oinwu.edu. 

Meg Quinlisk is m the National CiviHan 
Communit\- Corps (AmeriCorps), stationed 
in Charleston, S.C. So far she's cleared land 
for the Palmetto Trail, decorated Charleston 
for Christmas, and gone to Arkansas on 
assignment. She can be reached at P.O. Box 
287: Wheeling, W.Va. 26003. 

Kirsten Linford and Joshua Steinfeld 
were married last July 13 by Payette Lake in 
McCall, Idaho. It was a beautiful day, and 
several alumni joined them for the ceremony. 
Josh IS coordinating clinical drug tnals for 



pharmaceutical companies and loves white- 
water kayaking. Kirsten is working for a local 
church preaching, coordinating youth pro- 
gramming, attending meetings, and contem- 
plating seminar)'. She was to travel to Nicaragua 
ill April on a mission to build a "humble 
dwelling" at a fann outside Managua. Kirsten 
and Joshua would love to hear from fnends at 
3364 N. Lakeharbor Ln., P107, Boise, Idaho 
83703. 

Jean Wong and J. P. Fonseca hve in 
Austin, Tex., with their dog, Pete Wong, and 
their cat, Mao. Jean is attending law school at 
the University of Te.xas, and J. P. is an account 
executive for a small advertising agency. They 
have been joined in Austin by Josh Spector, 
who intends to lead the bohemian life of a 
rock star. Jean and J. P. can be reached at 1114 
Camino LaCosta. #2088. Austin 78752; 
nourzads((f' io.com. 

Jennifer Wu is working at the Dallas 
Visual An Center and is interested in contact- 
ing alums in the area. She can be reached at 
505 Durango Circle N.. Irv'ing, Tex. 75062; 
(214) 821-2522. 



GS 



Spencer Lehmann '41 Ph.D. would like to 
know the whereabouts of his classmates. "By 
this time all chemists probably have an e-mail 
address." he writes, "even the old ones." 
Lehmann can be reached at slehniann@ 
alumni.stantord.org. 

Rabbi Nathan Taragin '42 A.M., 
Bronx. N.Y., was honored with a Centennial 
Award plaque by the Rabbi Issac Elehanan 
Theological Seminary at its centennial anniver- 
sary celebration on March 31. The award was 
given in recognition of his role as a distin- 
guished ordained rabbi and for ennching Jew- 
ish lite throughout the world. 

Robert A. Tucker '51 A.M.. Glen 
Gardner. NJ., was elected a trustee of The 
Seeing Eye. the nation's pioneer guide-dog 
school. Tucker retired as chief financial officer 
of Beneficial Corp. in 1985. He is president 
of the Beneficial Foundation; a trustee of the 
New Jersey Sires Stakes, Morristown Memo- 
nal Hospital, and Hunterdon Health System; 
and a tbniier member of the state board of 
agnculture. 

Sara Hoskinson Frommer "61 A.M. 
has published Murder & Sidlwun (St. Martin's 
Press). Fronimer's third Joan Spencer mys- 
tery, the book tells the story of a tornado that 
sweeps through the small town of Oliver, 
Indiana, and its unanticipated aftereffects. 

Phil Zarlengo '65 A.M. was named 
executive director of the Northeast and Islands 
Regional Education Laboratory at Brown 
(LAB), one often research and development 
laboratories funded by the U.S. Department 
of Education. Acting executive director since 
1996, Zarlengo has been LAB's director of 
programs and service since 1995. Previously 
he was a schoolteacher and administrator. 

Ruth Sherry '68 Ph.D. has been at the 



BROWN ALUMNI MONTHLY ♦ 63 




University of Trondheini (NTNU), Norway, 
since 1969 and is now a professor of English 
literature. "This semester I have a grant at the 
university's Centre for Women's Studies," 
she writes. "I've moved into Irish studies 
since leaving Brown, and I now spend part ot 
evety year in Ireland." Sheny can be reached 
at Gamle Kongevei 68, N-7043 Trondheini, 
Norway: ruth. shem,'(o ht.ntnu.no. 

Laurence A . Goldstein '70 Ph.D. has 
published his twelfth book, Tlie Movies: Texts, 
Receptions, Exposures (University of Michigan 
Press). He is celebrating his twentieth year as 
editor of the scholarly and literaty journal, 
Michigan Qiunterly Reinew. Goldstein can be 
reached at the University of Michigan, Depart- 
ment of English, Ann Arbor. Mich. 4Sioy. 

Edward McCrorie '70 Ph.D. has pub- 
lished a new translation of Tlie Aciieid (Uni- 
versity of Michigan Press). He is a professor 
of English at Providence College. 

Martha Birnbaum '72 Ph.D., a fomier 
research scientist in speech recognition at Bell 
Labs, N.J., now works in technology devel- 
opment at Fidelity Investments in Boston. 
She lives in Cambndge and is singing in area 
musical theater. Birnbaum can be reached at 
7 Hancock PL, Cambndge 02139. 

Debendra Kumar Das '74 Sc.M., Fair- 
banks, Alaska, received the Professor of the 
Year award from the student section of the 
American Society of Mechanical Engineers at 
the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, for the 
199S-96 academic year. 

Elizabeth Atwood Lawrence '79 Ph.D. 
has published Hiiiitiiig tlie Wren: Transjormatioii 
of Bird to Symbol (University of Tennessee 
Press). Lawrence is a professor of environmental 
studies at Tufts School of Vetennaty Medicine, 
where she teaches and does research on human- 
animal relationships. She is a vetennarian 
as well as an anthropologist and has published 
three earlier books. She can be reached at 
P.O. Box 35, AdamsviUe, R.I. 02801. 

Peter Balakian '80 Ph.D. has published 



B/iiii' Dog of Fate (Basic Books), a memoir 
about growing up in a fimily haunted by a 
fnghtening past. The book is set in the affluent 
New Jersey suburbs where Peter, the fintborn 
son, must confront his forebears' trauma - 
the Ottoman Turkish government's e.\termi- 
nation of more than a million Armenians 
111 191 5. Balakian is a professor of English at 
Colgate University', Hamilton, N.Y. 

Jenni Rodda '81 A.M. has been elected 
president of the Visual Resources Association, 
a professional organization representing image 
archivists, slide and photograph curators, 
publishers, and computer imaging specialists. 
Her first book, a technical manual titled 
Guide to Copy Photography for I 'isiial Resonrces 
Professionals, coauthored with Chnsta Black- 
wood and illustrated by Stan Shockey, was 
published in 1996 by the Visual Resources 
Association. Jenni can be reached at roddajfa' 
1s2.nyu.edu. 

Susan Danly 83 Ph.D., Montague, 
Mass., has published Language as Object: Emily 
Dickinson and Contemporary Art (University 
of Massachusetts Press). Danly explores the 
impact ot Dickinson's persona and poetty on 
art in Amenca. She is curator of American art 
at Amherst College. 

Carolyn Beard Whitlow "84 A.M. was 
one often North Carolina poets invited to 
appear on Poetry Live, a program designed to 
introduce contemporaty poetty to a wider 
community, produced by the University ot 
North CaroHna Center for Public Television. 
Whitlow is associate professor ot English and 
coordinator of the Afncan-Amencan studies 
concentration at Guilford College. She is a poet 
and scholar of Atncan-American literature 
and the Harlem Renaissance. 

Ann Harleman "88 A.M. had her stoty, 
"The Angel of Entropy," included in the 
Spring issue of Shenandoah, the Washington 
and Lee University review. Harleman is a vis- 
iting scholar at Brown. Her collection of sto- 
nes, Hapipiucss, won the 1993 Iowa Prize, and 



New Ph.D.s Josef Clowa (German) and Susan 
Harley-Clowa (music) were overjoyed when 
they were both admitted to the Graduate 
School Since then they have produced two 
dissertations - and two children. 



her novel. Bitter Dike, was published by 
Southern Methodist University. 

Lydia Kruse Tietz '89 A.M. and Ward 
Tietz '89 A.M. announce the birth of Carolyn 
Jane and Grace Ehzabeth on Jan. 23. Lydia 
and Ward live in Nyon, Switzerland, where 
Lydia works at the International Trade Centre 
UNCTAD/WTO as a budget otficer. Ward 
teaches at a local university and is working 
on a dissertation in comparative literature at 
the University of Geneva. They'd love to 
hear from old fnends at 100723.3 i66@compu 
serve.com. 

Larissa Taylor '90 Ph.D., assistant pro- 
fessor of histoty at Colby College, has been 
appointed book review editor ot the Sixteenth 
Century Journal. In April she gave a talk at 
Harvard on "Images of Maty- Magdalene in 
the Preaching and Art of the Late Middle 
Ages." Taylor received a National Endow- 
ment for the Humanities grant to study images 
of Maty Magdalene from the late Middle 
Ages in France, Germany, and Italy. Taylor 
can be reached at Department ot Histoty, 
Colby CoOege, WaterviUe, Maine 04901; (207) 
872-3267; Ijtaylona'colby.edu. 

Jacki Lentini '92 A.M. is studying law at 
Chicago-Kent. She welcomes news from 
tnends in the area atjlentin1@kentl3w.edu; 
(312) 902-3506. 

David S. Collins '93 Ph.D. and his 
wite. Amy, announce the birth of Alec Joshua 
on |an. 30. They can be reached at 19 Harte 
Circle, WiUiston, Vt. 05495: adcollinw' 
together.net. 

James Wronsoki '94 M.F.A., Ardmore, 
Pa., has pubUshed Knaves in Boyland (Merwood 
Books), his first novel. The book is a satire 
of college life in the 1980s. His next project, a 
collection of short stories, is scheduled to be 
published this fall. 



MD 



Ann E. Van Dyke '79 (see '76). 

Paul Marantz '81 (see Paul Quick '83). 

Jim Revkin '81 (see Andy Revkin '78 
and Diana Revkin '83). 

Cathleen Sloan Hood '82 (see '79). 

Jeffrey Bloom '84 and Christina Shaw 
(California Polytechnic '94) were niarned last 
July 7. They met m JetFs Lindy Hop swing 
class, which they still teach weekly in San Luis 
Obispo, CaUf They've bought a home and can 
be reached at jn1b4u2c@aol.com. 

Cynthia Kang-Rotondo '85 (see 
Audrey Kang '88). 

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64 ♦ JULY 1997 



Providence 
Journal 



Brown 

University 



Public 

Affairs 
Conference 



Boom or Bust 



A special report from 

the BroyNti/ Providence Journal 

Public Affairs Conference 




During each of the last seventeen winters, Brown 
and the Providence Journal have jointly hosted 
a campus conference aimed at launching a national 
conversation about a pressing issue in American life. By 
assembling leading thinkers from around the country - 
and in some cases, from around the world - past confer- 
ences have tackled crime, aging, and urban decline, 
while bringing to Providence such luminaries Betty 

Freidan, Bill Bradley, Kenneth Starr, and Doris 
Kearns Goodwin. 

This year the Brown / Providence Journal 
Public Affairs Conference took aim at 
the seeming paradoxes in today's economy: 
jobs are increasing, but so is worker anxiety. 
The stock market is a galloping bull, but living 
standards for most people are running in place. 
The job market is changing so rapidly - no Help 
Wanteds ten years ago contained listings for 
"Webmaster" or "Virtual Banker" - that a 
crystal ball can seem a useful backup to a col- 
lege degree. 
yi. So what is the story with this economy? 

/ Are these the best of times - low inflation, high 
I™ employment, and record corporate profits - or 
the worst of times - plagued by income inequality, 
downsize-driven layoffs, long hours at work for stagnant 
wages'* Here's what the experts had to say. 



PRODUCED BY THE BROWU/PROVIDENCE JOURNAL PUBLIC AFFAIRS CONFERENCE 



The New Economy: 
What Is It and Where Is It 
Taking Us? 

■ onflicting views on our economy 
^■^ were evident right from the confer- 
ence start. In his keynote address, economics 
writer Robert Kuttner sounded a warning 
against an economy organized around "You, 
Inc:" each man and woman driven by self- 
interest in an increasingly entrepreneurial 
world. Kuttner, the author of the recent book 
Everything for Sale, the Virtues and Limits 
of Markets, argued that an overemphasis on 
the economic survival of the fittest ultimately 
compromises the greater social good; do 
parents, for example, want their children's 
teacher to be a one-person business focused 
primarily on profits and career advance- 
ment? "In a market economy," Kuttner 
asserts, "every transaction is a spot transac- 
tion, every price is negotiable." 



Half Empty... 

"In this economy, you 
are either king of the 
road, or you are road- 
kill." - Robert Kuttner, 
economic commentator 





Or Half Full? 

"lust as there was a huge 
productivity surge in the 
1920s, maybe we are 
on the cusp of one right 
now." - Claudia Goldin, 
Harvard economics 
professor 



Harvard economist Claudia Goldin, on the 
other hand, gave the same advice about 
the economy that New England visitors are 
offered about the weather: if you don't like 
it, wait a minute. Using wage and productiv- 
ity data from the last 100 years, she argued 
that "workers can draw confidence from eco- 
nomic and technological victories of the 
past." There is typically a lag between the dis- 
covery of a new technology and the applica- 
tion of its full potential, she explained, and 
such rapid advancements inevitably bring 
some growing pains. Goldin concluded that, 
while the economic anxiety many people 
feel - "late 20th-century angst," she called it - 
is understandable, history tells us that, in this 
case at least, we can expect a happy ending. 



How to Survive the New 
Economy 

Dr. Goldin may be right - greater 
prosperity may be just around the 
next bend - but a poll conducted tor the 
conference indicates that most Americans 
don't feel particularly prosperous and are 
pessimistic about what's in store. 

So how does a working family weather 
the bumps in the road? The answer, said rep- 
resentatives from industry, government, and 
policy institutes, is education. A panel discus- 
sion on "Finding Tomorrow's Workers" led 
by Cathy Minehan, president of the Federal 
Reserve Bank of Boston, brought together 
experts with differing biases but the same dis- 
turbing conclusion: A mismatch has devel- 
oped between the needs of industry and qual- 



BASIC SKILLS TEST 



Number of Motorola applicants - China vs. 
U.S. - who pass a basic skills test. 

ifications of workers. Education, the experts 
said, must better prepare students for tomor- 
row's world of work. 

Even that may not be enough. Jim Burge, 
a retired Motorola executive, stressed fle.xibil- 
ity and creativity. Companies, he said must 
help workers with "lifelong learning" by mak- 
ing continuous investments in training 
and retraining to help workers adapt to 
changing products and processes. Marc 
Tucker '57, president of the National Center 
for Education and the Economy, said a stu- 
dent's best hope for a high-wage job is a 
college degree. Schools, he said, must orient 
their teaching to ensure that most kids will 
reach that goal. Says Tucker: "Faced with 
the alternative of continuing to run a system 
on the expectation that most kids will 
fail ... it makes a lot more sense to assume 
that most kids can succeed." 




le speakers 



ROB ATKINSON, executive direc- 
tor, R.t EconomK Policy Council 

BARRY BtUESTONE, UMass- 
Boston (moderator) 

JAMES BURGE, former corporate 
vice president. Motorola 



GARY BURTLESS, senior fellow, 
Brookings Institution 

SUSAN DENTZER, cfiief econom- 
ics corespondent, U.S. News 
and World Report (moderator) 

WILLIAM DUNKELBERG, 

professor. Temple University 

MICHAEL DYSON, professoi. 
University of North Carolina at 
Cfiapel Hill 



AARON FEUERSTEIN. president 
and CEO, Maiden Mills Industnes 

CLAUDIA GOLDIN, professor. 
Harvard University 

CAROL GRANT, vice president of 
human resources, Textron Inc. 

MARK GREEN, public advocate. 
City of New York 



HENRY KELLY, associate director 
for technology, Office of Science & 
Technology Policy 

ROBERT KUTTNER, co-editor. 
The American Prospect 

SUSAN LEE, senior editor, fortes 

ROBERT LERMAN, director of 
Human Resources Policy Center, 
Urban Institute 



MICHAEL LEVY '69, professor, 
Georgetown School of Business 

GLENN LOURY, professor, 
Boston University 

ROGER MANDLE, president, 
Rhode Island School of Design 

ELEANOR MCMAHON '54, 
visiting professor. Brown University 
(moderator) 



Companies and Workers: 
Who's to Blame? 

As companies lament that U.S. work- 
ers are increasingly outpaced by 
computers and outclassed by cheaper workers 
overseas, the question arises: WTiat can cor- 
porations expect from their employees, and 
what do they owe them in return? 

Paul Solman, economics correspondent 
for the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, put that 
question to an eight-person roundtable ot 
government officials, a labor leader, a lobbyist 
for small-businesses, a CEO, and an econom- 
ics writer. Not surprisingly, Solman got eight 
different answers. 

Salmon asked about the fate of "22nd 
Century Enterprise," a mythical Massachu- 
setts-based high-tech firm considering a 
move to Te.xas for cheaper labor and lower 
operating costs. Susan Lee, a senior writer 



Susan Lee, Forbes, and 
Aaron Feuerstein held 
opposing definitions of 
corporate citizenship. 




at Forbes who was cast as 
22nd Century's CEO, said 
she was beholden to her 
stockholders first and 
foremost; as far as she was 
concerned, Massachusetts 
workers and Texas workers 
were interchangeable. An 
economist from the Rea- 
gan Administration, cast 
as the company's CEO, 
applauded her thinking 
and urged the move; lohn 
Sweeney, head of the AEL- 
CIO (cast as himself) called it an example of 
all that is wrong with corporate America: the 
line workers who built 22nd Century from 
the ground up being tossed aside to line the 
pockets of the executives at the top. 

Michael Lew '69, former Deputy Secre- 
tary of Treasury and a professor of business 
ethics at Georgetown Law School, was cast 
as a member of 22nd Century's Board of 
Directors. His view: "I want to explore why 
we can't do as well in Massachusetts as we 
could in Texas, and until I'm satisfied, I'm 
reluctant to lay off the workers and move the 
plant." Still, he pointed out, if Texas makes 
the most business sense, he has a fiduciary 
responsibility to support the 
move. "Staying in Massachusetts 
can't be social work," he said. 
Social work is what some 
might call the business decisions 
of Aaron Feuerstein, CEO of 
Maiden Mills, who argued that 
taking care of your employees is 
good business, pure and simple. 
Feuerstein gained national atten- 
tion after Maiden Mills, his 
Massachusetts textile plant, was 




destroyed by fire, and he chose to keep all his 
employees on the payroll while the plant was 
rebuilt. "The employees will pay you back 
tenfold," he said, describing the huge produc- 
tivity leap at Maiden Mills that he attributes 
to increased employee morale. 

Other conference sessions focused on the 
role of government in economic policy, the 
growing divide between America's rich and 
poor, and the challenges and opportunities 
facing the Rhode Island economy. So which 
is it: are happy days here again, or does in 
stability reign? Is it time to polish up the old 
resume, or can most of us feel reasonably 
secure in our jobs? As Claudia Goldin said, 
"No economist can predict the future," but 
the dim outlines of the tomorrow's economy 
are becoming visible. As speakers at the eight- 
day conference made clear, there are certain 
things - better, more relevant education 
in the schools, ongoing training at the work- 
place, greater flexibility from both company 
and worker - that individuals and society 
can do to make sure that, as the economy 
of the 21st century arrives, as many of us as 
possible will be ready to greet it. 



CATHY MINEHAN, president 
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston 
(moderator) 

JOSEPH MINARIK, associate 
director for economic policy, Office 
of Ivlanagement and Budget 

JAMES MEDOFF '69, professor, 
Harvard University 



STEPHEN MOORE, director of 
fiscal policy studies, Cato Institute 

GEORGE NEE, secretary-treasurer, 

R.I, AFL-CIO 

WILLIAM NISKANEN, cfiairman, 
Cato Institute 

WILLIAM REILLY, former Adminis- 
trator, Environmental Protection 
Agency 



ROBERT REISCHAUER, senior 
fellow, Brookings Institution 

GARY SASSE, executive director, 
R.I. Public Exependiture Council 
(moderator) 

TERRY SCANLON, president. 
Capital Research Center 



MERRILL SHERMAN, president 
and CEO, Bank Rtiode Island 

PAUL SOLMAN, business and 
economics correspondent. News 
Hour with Jim Lefirer (moderator) 

KEITH STOKES, executive director, 
Newport County Chamber of 
Commerce 

JOHN SWEENEY, president 
AFL-CIO 



MARC TUCKER '61, president. 
National Center on Education and 
the Economy 

MARCEL VALOIS, executive 
director, R.l. Economic Develop- 
ment Corporation 



'■i>U finds mixed message 
on jobs, economy, politics 
of tomorrow 



Today's Work Force 

Q: How financially secure do you think your 
retirement will be compared to that of 
your parents? 



Economic Progress 

Q: All indicators point to a strong U.S. 
economy. Have you benefited from 
that economy? 



To measure how most Americans fee! 
about their jobs, their economic 
well-being, and their confidence in future 
prosperity, the Providence Journal and 
Brown commissioned a nationwide poll 
on views about the economy, the work- 
force, and the roles of government and 
industry in helping working Americans 
get ahead. 

The poll captured the anxiety many 
are feeling about their future and their 
chOdren's future, driven in part by the 
sense that companies value workers less 
than they once did. "There's a lot of con- 
cern that companies have rewritten the 
social contract with workers," said Darrell 
M. West, a Brown political scientist who 
supervised the poll, "that chief execu- 
tives are getting richer and laying off 
workers at the same time." 




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type of career or job five years from now. 

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Robin W. Asher \Ss (see '82). 

Howard S. Hirsch '86 (see "82). 

Ellen Hilsinger 87 and Brendan Ma- 
gauran 'S7 (see "83). 

Laura Gallup-Hotchkiss '87 and her 
husband. Bruce, announce the birth ot their 
third chilcl, Ryan Andrew, on Jan. 28. Laura 
will be leaving the U.S. Air Force m October 
to join a private radiology practice in Colum- 
bus, Ga. She can be reached at 9330 Jorwoods 
Dr., San Antonio, Tex. 7S250. 

Marjorie Buff Murphy '88 and John 
Murphy '90 (see "85). 

Audrey Kang '92 (see '88). 

Melisa Lai '99 (see '95). 

Andrew Kalinsky '99 (see Melisa Lai 

■95)- 

Jenny Souther '99 (see Melisa Lai '95). 



Obituaries 



Dorothy Holt Simons "20. Pawtucket. R.I.; 
March 16. Active in the Episcopal church, 
she was a director of Pittsfield (Mass.) General 
Hospital. Mrs. Simons served eight terms as 
alumnae class president. Phi Beta Kappa. She 
IS survived by three daughters, including Bar- 
bara Compton, 64 BradclitTRd.. Wellesley. 
Mass. 0218 1. 

John E. Pierce '22, Fla.; May 7, 1990. 

Noyes C. Stickney '2^. Findlay, Ohio; Jan. 
19. He was a retired school supenntendent. 
He is survived by his wife, Rosamond, 2101 
Greendale Ave., Findlay 45840. 

Arthur E. Kilpatrick '25, Ansoma, Conn.; 
J.in. 28. 

"William J. Turtle "26. Bedford, Mass.; Jan. 
21. He graduated from Hai-vard medical 
school in 1933 and was a pediatrician in the 
Boston area for thirty-three years. After retinng, 
he taught at Harvard and MIT and hosted a 
PBS television series to prepare expectant 
parents for their babies' first year. He and his 
wife, Lydia, wrote a book. Dr. Turtle's Babies. 
At Brown he was captain of the baseball 
team. He is survived by Lydia, 100 Old Bil- 
lerica Rd., Bedford 01730; and three children, 
including John '60. 

Charles Youngstein '29, Carlsbad, Calif; 
Jan. 1 1. He is sur\-ived by his wife, Rae, 2306 
Altisma Way, #21 s, Carlsbad 92009. 

Percy M. Phelps '30, Schenectady, N.Y.; 
May 29, 1996. 

Anna Mary Bucci Conti '31, Providence; 
March 22. She was a Latin and Greek teacher 



in Providence and Akron, Ohio, schools, 
retiring in 1972. She is survived by rwo sons 
and a daugiiter; and two sisters, including 
Madeline Bucci Zahorjan '46. 14 Timber 
L.ike Dr., Orch.ird Park. N.Y. 14127. 

William P. Feiten '31, Los Altos, Calif.; 
Feb. 25. He was retired from United Airlines 
after forty-one years. Early in his career, he 
and two other men ran the Cleveland airport. 
He is survived by his wife. Anne, 380 San 
Domingo Way. Los Altos 94022; and two 
children, including Paul '57. 

Hester Hastings '31, Lynchburg, Va.; March 
20. She was a retired professor of Romance 
languages at Randolph-Macon Women's 
College. She is survived by a cousin, Henry 
C. Hastings '44, 23 Clinton Ave., P.O. Box 
702. Bergen. N.Y. 14416. 

George F. Lawton '}i, Middletown, R I; 
Feb. 19. He worked at New England Tele- 
phone for thirty-two years, retiring in 1967. 
Mr. Lawton played football, basketball, and 
varsity lacrosse at Brown. He is survived by 
his wife, Eileen, 436 Purgatory Rd., Middle- 
town 02842; and tivo sons. 

Margaret Bates Magruder '32, Paducah, 
Ky.; Marcli 1 1. She was a physician speciahz- 
ing in pathology, practicing in Massachusetts 
and Kentucky until retiring in 1976. She 
taught at Tufts University School of Medicine 
t'roni 1944 to 1 97 1 and served on the staffs of 
New England Medical Center Hospital. 
Boston Floating Hospital, and Boston Dispen- 
sary. After moving to Paducah in 1971, she 
served on the staffs of Western Baptist Hospi- 
tal and Lourdes Hospital. She was a diplomate 
of the National Board of Medical Exanuners. 
She IS survived by her daughter, Barbara H. 
Magruder, 95 Anderer Ln., #5, Boston 02132. 

Edward F. Bodurtha '33. Plainview. Minn.; 
Dec. 19. A retired libranan, he was a U.S. 
Army infantr>' and Air Corps veteran of World 
War II. He is survived by his wife. Jean 
Krema Bodurtha, 140 6th St. NW, Plainview 
.S.S964- 

Alice Grossman Sher '33, Copiague, NY.; 
Feb. 19, 1994. She was a retired social work 
consultant. 

Philip T. Gidley '34, Fairhaven, Mass.; Dec. 
26, 1995. A consulting chemist and chemical 
engineer, he was founder and owner of Gid- 
ley Laboratories Inc., which designed, invented, 
manufactured, and exported industrial 
machinery, chemicals, and laboratory instru- 
ments. He founded Gidley Research Institute, 
a graduate school ot industrial chemistry' and 
technology in Fairhaven. A lecturer in both 
English and Spanish, he was the author ot 
lui Tecnologij y la quimica de la iiidtislria. Mr. 
Gidley was elected a Life Fellow of both the 
American Institute of Chemists and the 
American Association for the Advancement 



of Science. In 1981 he received the Honor 
Award of the Soil Conservation Society ot 
America (Southern New England chapter) for 
research on groundwater pollution control. 
He is survived by his wife, Ellen, 96 Ray- 
mond St., Fairhaven 02719; and two sons. 

John M. Gross '34, Jamestown, R.I.; March 
9. A yacht broker for many years before retir- 
ing, he was past commodore ot the Bnstol 
Yacht Club. He is survived by two daughters, 
including Caroline Gregory, 48 Wilsondale 
St.. Dover, Mass. 02030; and two sons. 

Daniel S. Anthony '35, Fort Lauderdale, 
Fla.; Feb. 19, of congestive heart failure. A 
great-nephew of Susan B. Anthony, he was a 
well-known handwriting analyst. A teacher 
and lecturer, he was the author of numerous 
articles and publications on handwriting. He 
and his late wife. Florence, taught the only 
fully accredited college graphology program, 
at the New School of Social Research. They 
were expert forensic witnesses for such cases 
as Watergate, the Sharon Tate murder inves- 
tigation, and the Son of Sam trial. After 
Brown, Mr. Anthony spent si.x years as a U.S. 
Anny classification specialist, then directed 
the Muncie. Ind., Middletown Project for 
educating the middle and upper classes about 
the trade union movement. In 1948 he became 
the New Jersey director of the National Con- 
ference of Christians and Jews. He coached 
highschool swimming and won many medals 
111 master's swimming events. He is survived 
by his sister; two nieces and tvvo nephews; 
and a fnend. All Crosslin. 

Grace M. Glynn '36, Providence; Feb. 20. 
She was a retired associate comimssioner of 
the Rhode Island Department of Education. 
She IS survived by a niece and a nephew. 

Frederick Hellman '37, Providence; March 
19. He was a writer for the McCann Enckson 
Co.. an advertising tinn in New York City, 
for many years. Phi Beta Kappa. He is sur- 
vived by a sister. 

Charles E. Colbert "38, Lake Forest, 111.; 
Jan. 5. He was a retired fire -loss director 
at Allstate Insurance Co. Previously he was 
a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force and was 
awarded a Commendation Ribbon, Amencan 
Theater Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, and 
Victory Medal. 

Frederick Tirrell AUen '38, Stamford, Conn.; 
March 7. He was chair of the board and CEO 
of Pitney Bowes, where he worked from 1938 
until retiring in 1982. He was a trustee of the 
Stamford Hospital and the University of 
Bridgeport and a consultant for the National 
Executive Sei-vice Corps. He received hon- 
orary doctorate from the College of Saint 
Rose and the University of Bndgeport. He is 
survived by his wife, Charlotte-Ann, 338 
Stanwich Rd., Greenwich, Conn. 06830; 
three sons; and a daughter. 



BROWN ALUMNI MONTHLY ♦ 69 



Kejineth Wright '3S. West Hartford, Conn.; 
Apul I. He was an assistant comptroller for 
Travelers Insurance Co. from 193S until his 
retirement in 1974. He was a U.S. Manne Corps 
veteran of the Pacific theater m World War II. 
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, 53 Briar- 
wood Rd.. West Hartford, Conn. 06107; two 
sons, includingjohn "72; and a daughter. 

Arthur S. Gumey '39, East Brunswick, N.J.; 
Apnl 4. After sei-ving in the special engineer- 
ing detachment of the Manhattan Project at 
Los Alamos, N.M., he remained at the Los 
Alamos Scientific Laboratory until 195 1. He 
then worked as a chemical engineer in New 
Jersey, mainly in the field of air-poUution 
control. He is survived by his wife, Joyce, 28 
Fairview Ave.. East Brunswick 08816; a 
daughter, Ellen "75; and a son. 

George L. Larkowich '39, Providence; 
March 28. He was a retired supervisor ot the 
U.S. Navy's Air Rework Facility in Quonset 
Point, R.I. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air 
Corps in 1941 and joined the Navy's V-7 
program in 1942. A varsity football and basket- 
ball player, he was inducted into the Brown 
Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983. He is survived 
by his daughter, Ann M. Spence, 3 Ogden 
St., Providence 02906; and two sons. 

Justin Robinson '39, Warwick, R.I.; Feb. 11, 
while skiing in New Hampshire. He was 
president of the former Tabulex Co. for thirty 
years, retinng in 1993. He was a captain m the 
U.S. Amiy Air Force in Alaska dunng World 
War II. In 1947 he joined the accounting fmu 
of Robinson & Robinson before founding his 
own business, one of the first accounting 
companies in Rhode Island. He is survived by 
his wife, Evelyne, P.O. Box 720, Bethlehem, 
Pa. 03574; a daughter and a son; and three sis- 
ters, including Elaine Robinson Kaufman 
'43 and Glenna Robinson Mazel '49. 

Jatnes S. Currier '40, Fairt'ield. Conn.; 
Feb. 17. A teacher until retinng in 1978. he 
began his career with BiUard Academy, New 
London, Conn. In 1953 he joined the Fair- 
field Country Day School, where he became 
chair of the mathematics department. During 
World War II, he was a U.S. Coast Guard 
officer on the Greenland Patrol and m the 
Mediterranean. He is survived by his wife, 
Dorothy, 142 Gay Bowers Rd., Faiiiield 06430; 
four sons; and three daughters. 

Harry Piatt '40, Warwick, R.I.; Apnl 6. He 
was a salesman for C.J. Fox Co. for thirty-six 
years before retiring in 1995. During World 
War II he was a physical education instructor 
tor the U. S. Army Air Force. After the war 
he ran a sporting-goods store in Cranston, 
R.I., and coached the Bryant College basket- 
ball team. He was an instructor for the Brown 
Community for Learning in Retirement. A 
member of the Brown basketball team, he 
played pro basketball in Philadelphia, Rochester, 
N.Y., and Pittsfield. Mass., after graduation. 



His single-game Brown scoring record still 
stands, and he was inducted into the Brown 
Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979. He is survived 
by his son, Peter, 12028 BaUantine, Overland 
Park, Kans. 66213. 

John Occhiello '41, San Diego; March 7. 
of cancer. He was an insurance salesman for 
National Life & Accident Insurance Co. Dur- 
ing World War II he was a U.S. Navy pilot 
and a flight instructor in Texas. He was also 
stationed in Hawaii and Japan. He was re- 
called to active dury in the Korean War as a 
Heutenant commander. A member of the var- 
sity football team, he turned down a tryout 
with the Los Angeles Rams in 1947. He is sur- 
vived by his wife, Stella, 5215 East Falls View 
Dr., San Diego 921 15; a son; and a daughter. 

John E. Kenton '41, Santa Mana, Calit.; 
Jan. 16, of cancer. He was a veteran newsman 
whose career took him around the world 
until he retired in 1988. He worked at the 
Ne\i' York Times, the Washiiiglon Post, McGraw 
Hill Publications, and the Electric Power 
Research Institute. His coverage of the mili- 
tary and civihan nuclear industry earned him 
three Jesse Neal Journahsm Awards and a post 
covenng the U.N. Conference on Atomic 
Energy in Geneva. He co-wrote .T Guide lo 
Nuclear Power Technology, which won the 1984 
Association of American Publishers award for 
best technical book. During World War II, 
he served with the U.S. Army's O.S.S. in 
Washington, Italy, and China. After the war, 
he studied at the Sorbonne on a Fulbnght 
Scholarship. He won the Toastmaster of the 
Year award from Toastmasters International 
in 1982. He is survived by his wife, Jean, 420 
Calle Bonita, Santa Mana 93455; four chil- 
dren; and a brother, Peter '49. 

Arthur L. McLaughlin '41. Warwick, R.I.; 
March i, 1996. He was a retired security 
manager of New England Telephone Co. He 
IS survived by his brother, Richard McLaugh- 
lin, 77 Bryant Rd., Cranston, R.I. 02910. 

Leonard M. Sweet '42, Warwick, R.I.; 
March 30. He was a retired underwriting 
officer of Amica Mutual. A lieutenant in the 
U.S. Naval Reserve, he served in the Adantic 
and Pacific theaters during World War II and 
was awarded three battle stars and a Japanese 
Occupation Medal. He is survived by his 
wife, Marcia, 51 Saint George Ct., Warwick 
02888; and Uvo sons. 

Donald K. O'Hanian 44, Warwick, R.I.; 
March 12. He practiced internal medicine 
m Warwick from 1953 to 1988 and was on 
the stafTs of Kent County Memonal Hospital, 
Memonal Hospital of Rhode Island, and 
Rhode Island Hospital. He was a past presi- 
dent of the Kent County Medical Society. 
Dr. O'Hanian served in the U.S. Navy from 
1945 to 1953. He is survived by his wife, 
Willene, 41 Homestead Ave., Warwick 02X89; 
three sons; and a daughter. 



Eugene M. Scofield '44, San Rafael, Cahf ; 
Nov. s. He was a retired account executive 
for Lloyd Thomas Coats and served in the 
U.S. Amiy during World War II. He is sur- 
vived by his wife. Marguerite, 41 Salvador 
Way, San Rafael 94903; and two sons. 

Hugh B. Allison '46, Cumberland, R.I.; 
M.irch s. He was associate director of the 
Brown Annual Fund and its planned giving 
division from 1979 to 1994. He was president 
and chainnan of the board of Chemical Prod- 
ucts Corp., where he worked for twenty- 
seven years before retiring in 1975. From 
1976 to 1979, he was dean of public affairs at 
Dean Junior CoUege in FrankHn, Mass. He 
volunteered for the Rhode Island Arts Coun- 
cil, the R.I. Philharmonic, Trinity Repertory 
Co., the Narragansett Council Boy Scouts of 
America, and the United Way. A life member 
of the Providence Art Club, he was also an 
honorary life member of the University Glee 
Club of Providence. He was a U.S. Army 
veteran of World War II. Mr. Allison served 
as a class agent, class treasurer, and a member 
of the Associated Alumni board of directors. 
Phi Beta Kappa. He is survived by his wife, Lee, 
735 Nate Whipple Highway, Cumberland 
02864; two daughters; and two sons. 

Herbert R. Beck '47, Dec. i, 1995. He is 
survived by his son, Richard '84, 48 Provi- 
dence Boulevard, Kendall Park, NJ. 08824. 

W. Ranger Farrell '47, Mystic, Conn.; Feb. 
16. An acoustical architect, he founded 
Ranger Farrell & Associates. He was known 
for inventing an acoustical fabric. Mr. Farrell 
taught courses at Yale, Cooper Union, 
Rhode Island School of Design, and Parsons 
School of Design. He joined the U.S. Naval 
Reserve Officers Training Corps in 1943 and 
was assigned to Brown. He is survived by two 
daughters. 

Howell K. Cargile '48, Fort Myers, Fla.; 
[an. 23. He was Eastern regional manager of 
American Locomotive Co. before retiring. 
He served as a motor machinist mate in the 
U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1946. A lifelong 
baseball enthusiast, he was inducted into the 
Brown Athletic Hall of Fame. He is survived 
by his wife, Priscilla, 282 Las Palmas Blvd., 
North Fort Myers 33903; two daughters; and 
a son, J. Scott '81. 

A. Carl Westbom '49. Falmouth. Mass.; 
Feb. 14, from a brain hemorrhage. He was a 
retired manager and co-owner of Westbom 
Custom Printing. He is survived by his wife, 
E. Virginia, 65 Peterson Rd., Falmouth, 
02540; and four sons. 

Richard W. Meekly '50, Muncy, Pa.; Dec. 
25. He was a retired engineer. He is survived 
by his wife, Jennie, 133 East Water St., Muncy 
17756; and a brother, Eugene '49. 



70 ♦ JULY 1997 



Antonio S. Tente '50, Lancaster, Pa.; Aug. 
10. He was retired from the U.S. Department 
of Defense. He is sur\'ived by his wife, 
Louise. 4(12 Haverhill Rd., Lancaster 17601. 

Joseph E. Fazzano '51. Bloonitield, Conn.; 
March 16, of lung cancer complications. He 
was a partner in the law firm of Fazzano, 
Tomasiewicz & Dewey, which he started in 
the early iy6os. Immediately following the 
Korean War, he ser\ed m the U.S. Army as 
an attorney and retired as captain. He is sur- 
vived by his wife. Martha, and a daughter. 

Robert B. Toolin '51 A.M., Centerviile, 
Mass.; Sept. 12. He was a research physicist m 
atmospheric optics at the U.S. Air Force 
Geophysics Laboratory in Bedford for thirty- 
two years, retiring in 1979. After retirement 
he was a physics teacher at Holy Cross Col- 
lege in Worcester, Mass., until 1990. He is 
survived by his wife, Mary, 29S Nye Rd., 
Centerviile 02632; three daughters; and a son. 

William J. Meagher '52, Seattle; Aug. 22, 
of stroke-related health problems. He is sur- 
vived by his daughter, Butfi Meagher-Bloom, 
P.O. Box 125, Cheh.ilis, Wash. 98532. 

Post Fordon 's3, Crosse Pointe, Mich.; Feb. 
7. He was a retired stockbroker with First ot 
Michigan Corp. He is survived by his wife, 
Kathi-yn, 647 Hidden Ln., Crosse Pointe 
48236; three daughters; and a brother, Fred '<,$. 

Ralph K. Rosenbautn Jr. 's3, Mequon, 
Wis.; Apnl i, of a heart attack. He was an 
attorney and a member of Hever Byrne & 
Rosenbaum. He is survived by his wife, 
Nancy, 10261 N. Westport Circle, Mequon 
53092; three daughters; and a son. 

Clifford J. Ryding 53, Norwood, Mass.; 
March 12. He was a sales representative of 
Clifford J. Ryding Associates. He is survived 
by his wife, Margaret Mary, 1 1 Leyton Rd., 
Norwood 02062; tour daughters; and two sons. 

Walter M. Cook '54. West Roxbury, Mass.; 
Jan. 30. He is survived by a daughter, Melanie. 

Augusta Pollack Finkelstein '57 A.M.. 
New York City; March 2. She was a pubhc 
education advocate and a major supporter of 
the University of Rhode Island, which 
awarded her an honorary' doctorate in 1995. 
She operated Jack &: Jill Nursery- School, 
Woonsocket, R.I., and was a substitute 
teacher in the Woonsocket public schools. In 
the 1950s and 1960s, she lobbied the state 
school system for high-quality textbooks, 
open meetings of public boards, and increased 
state aid. A member of the New York and 
Rhode Island chapters of the American Civil 
Liberties Union, she was a charter member ot 
Americans United, an organization dedicated 
to presen'ing the separation ot church and 
state. She is survived by a son and daughter. 



J. Peter Bird '58, Estero, Fla.; May 14, 1996. 
He w.is director of analysis at National Com- 
munications System. He is survived by his 
wit'e, Jean, 22355 Fountain Lakes Blvd., Estero 
33928. 

Peggy Brooks Evans '59, Concord, Mass.; 
March 2. She was chair of middle school 
guidance for the Concord public schools in the 
1980s. She is sur\'ived by a son and a daughter. 

Donald R, Brown '60, Hartford, Conn.; 
Feb. 17. He was an accomplished pilot and a 
tbmier member of Search and Rescue, Civil 
Air Patrol. A certified general appraiser, he 
was a commercial properties fee appraiser tor 
Phihp A. Goodsell Inc. since 1984. Mr. Brown 
was a member of the Society of Real Estate 
Appraisers and was quahfied as an expert wit- 
ness before the Connecticut Supenor Court. 
He was a coach of youth basketball. He is 
survived by his wife, Sandra, 29 Blueberry 
Hill, Wethersfield, Conn. 06109; two daugh- 
ters; a son; and a brother, David '56. 

Michael P. Barron '62, Richmond, Ky.: 
Feb. 15, of severe chronic lung disease. He 
was a physician/internist in Kentucky. He is 
survived by his wife, Shirley, 103 Forest Hill 
Dr., Richmond 40475. 

Joseph P. King '63, Beverly Hills, Calif; 
Nov. 6, of cancer. He was CFO of KrotTt 
Entertainment and of Sid and Marty KrotTt 
Pictures since 1990. In 1978 he joined Smith 
Barney Real Estate Corp. as senior VP and 
CFO. During the following twelve years, 
he served .is a CFO for vanous institutions. 
He IS survived by a son and a daughter. 

Judith Brenner Delman '64, Cambridge, 
Mass.; Feb. 24. She is survived by her hus- 
band, Alan, 232 Brattle St., Cambndge 02138; 
two daughters; and two sons, including 
Michael '89. 

Carl J. Young '67, Acton, Mass.; Feb. 28, of 
a heart attack. He was president of Open 
Data Corp. He is survived by his wife, Mary 
"66, 33S Nagog Hill Rd., Acton 01720; a 
daughter; a son, Michael '94; and a niece, 
Susan W. Dana '85. 

Henry A. Christian III '68 Ph.D., Mill- 
burn, NJ.; Apnl 4. A professor of English at 
Rutgers since 1962, he served three temis as 
chairman of the English department. In 1989 
he became the tirst director of the Rutgers- 
Newark graduate liberal studies program. He 
published Lciiis Adaiiiit: A Cliecklist (Kent 
State University Press), and in 1993 the 
Republic of Slovenia awarded him the Zah- 
vala Certificate for his work on Adamic. A 
Fulbright Fellow in Denmark for the 195S-59 
academic year, he received a Department of 
Health and Education Citation tor his work 
there. He is survived by two daughters. 



Rhoda Farrand Haynes '69 M.A.T , Prov- 
idence; Jan. S. 

Laurie N. Davison '70, Minneapolis; Jan. 
16, of pancreatic cancer. A litigation director 
for Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, she 
argued cases on behalf of the poor, the aged, 
the sick, and the abused. In the 1980s she won 
changes in federal pohcy to protect aging and 
disabled veterans. She led successful legal 
actions on behalt ot homeless people, Ameri- 
can Indian children, and people who needed 
chemical dependency recognized as a disability. 
She is survived by her husband, Scott Dyer 
'69, 3841 York Ave. S., Minneapolis 55410; 
and two sons. 

George S. Burr '73, Sudbury, Mass.; Feb. 6. 
He was a landscape architect with Sasaki 
Associates Inc. in Watertown, Mass. In 1992 
he was project manager for the finn"s work 
on Reston Town Center in Virginia, one of 
seven projects to receive a 1992 Urban Design 
Award from the American Institute of Archi- 
tects. He is survived by his wife, Shari, 25 
Singletary Ln., Sudbury 01776; and a son. 

Dorothy A. Darrigan-Wilcox 82, Rancho 
Santa Fe, Calif; Feb. 23. She is survived by 
her husband, Richard Wilcox, P.O. Box 691, 
Rancho Santa Fe 92067. 

Lt. Jack Bush '86, Laguna Beach, Calif; 
Feb. 26. He was commissioned a U.S. Navy 
ensign m 1989 after attending Aviation Offi- 
cer Candidate School at NAS Pensacola, Fla. 
After earning his wings in 1991, he served 
overseas .aboard the U.S.S. Kennedy and 
U.S.S. EiscnIh'U'cr. He joined the 'VMFAT- 
101 Sharpshooters in 1995. He was awarded 
the Air Medal (ist Stnke), the National 
L)etense Service Medal, U.S. Na\7 and U.S. 
Marine Corps achievement medals, the 
Southwest Asia Service Medal, a NATO Ser- 
vice Medal, and two Sea Service Deployment 
ribbons. He is survived by his wife, Evelyn, 
305 St. Tropez, Laguna Beach 92651. 

N. Raju Ramakrishnan '93, Cambndge, 
Mass.; Dec. 7, of cardiac aiTest. He was a soft- 
ware engineer for BBN Coip. while studying 
for a master's degree in electrical engineering 
at Boston University. He was a vokinteer at 
Fenway Middle College High School, Boston. 
He IS survived by his fiancee, Angela N. 
Romans; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tarakad 
Ramakrishnan, 72 Duxbury Dr., Holden, 
Mass. 01520; and two brothers, Karthick '96 
and Sunder '98. 

Tiinory Hyde '98, Providence; Apnl 19, of 
injunes sutfered in an accidental fall from an 
apartment window. A music concentrator, 
she played the flute, guitar, and piano, and 
wrote folk songs. She is survived by her parents, 
Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Hyde, 7220 S.E. Reed 
College Place, Portland, Oreg. 97202; and a 
brother. O^j 



BROWN ALUMNI MONTHLY ♦ 7I 



^ NJ ALLY. 

b\ ALLISON GAINES '96 

Beyond 
Ambition 



n 

■ "T raduation day, May 31, 
^^J 1996. Half asleep, I wander 
to Lincoln Field and find myself in a 
line. Someone is chanting way too 
loud, and someone is crying. My 
friends and I are too sad, too excited, 
too dazed to speak. We make our way 
through hordes of flashing cameras, 
professors in mufti, and amazed onlook- 
ers, trying to get our minds around the 
arrival of this day. We doff our caps and, 
overwhelmed with dizziness and pride, 
feel we're on top ot the world. Sur- 
rounded by dozens ot roses, we sleep away 
the afternoon and wake without a clue as 
to what we're supposed to do now. 

July I, 1996. Half asleep, I wander 
into the kitchen and find three messages 
from employers who cannot use my Iv\'- 
cultivated talents. After a month in New 
York City, the wait for "the phone call 
that will change my life" has become 
Chinese water torture. My ex-roommates 
all have jobs. Fifteen interviews after my 
arrival in the big city, my search is going 
nowhere. Nevertheless, I put on my inter- 
view suit for the sixteenth time, do up my 
"hire me" hair, and hit the pavement. 

July 2, 1996. At home, I eat Goobers 
and flip from talk show to talk show. I 
learn from Ricki and lenny and Rolanda 
that it's all relative: at least my boyhiend 
hasn't tried to take my face off with a ten- 
inch knife. At least I'm not thinking about 
how to qualify as "Ricki's sexiest guest." 
Somehow, though, this is not comforting. 
A high school triend calls to say she has 
just sold a screenplay in Hollywood. 

August I, 1996. I get my first job - 
production assistant at MSNBC. I dance 
around, hooting, and make a thousand 
phone calls. I think about how this is the 
"it" that everyone talks about when they 
say, "And then that was it." I try on my 
work outfits twice and buy two more. 
Two weeks later, I move into my first 
apartment in Park Slope, decorate, coo. 




I'HILIPPH WElSBfcCKER 



and have people over for dinner. I prepare 
to start my career as a media mogul. 

August 15, 1996. My third day on 
the job. MSNBC is my personal version 
ot hell. After six halt-hour segments, my 
fourth cup ot cotfee, the third hour ot my 
stress headache, and a bag of pretzels that I 
called lunch, I grab a grapefruit juice and 
head up to graphics tor another lecture 
on why I don't understand the art of 
graphic design. At seven I sit down to 
watch the fruits ot my labor: the tour top 
stories ot the day replayed over and over 
again. Then, there it is — the map ot Iraq 
that I named and fed into the computer. 
My head pounds. I feel sure, absolutely 
sure, that this is nowhere near what I want 
to be doing with my days or my life. I 
contemplate moving to France or marry- 
ing a young Jewish investment banker. I 
have an elaborate fantasy about being a 
housewife. 

September 3, 1996. Desperate, I call 
my childhood school between news seg- 
ments to see if there's a teaching job 
open. Lo and behold, someone has opted 
out at the last minute in favor of a pub- 
lishing job. Two hours later, I find myself a 
third-grade teacher. Safe at home. 

September 5, 1996. I spend the day 
congratulating myself tor rejecting the 
corporate world. I create an elaborate 
five-year plan including Harvard graduate 



school and reinventing U.S. education. I 
repeat my new mantra with glee: do what 
you love and never settle for less. 

New Year's Eve, 1996. What am I 
doing with my life? Get sciiotis, 1 scribble 
on my list of resolutions. I revise my plan: 
I'm going to be a writer. I thrive on stress 
and long hours, I e.xplain to my ex-room- 
mates over a beer. My friends laugh and 
call me "so Brown." 

March 1997. I send letters to impor- 
tant magazine editors and begin the wait 
again. This time wiU be different, I tell 
niyselt". This is the point where all my tal- 
ents converge. Now I will be a writer. I 
recast teaching as a year off from life, a 
year to gather my thoughts before the real 
work begins. 

Summer 1997. I have learned to 
laugh at myself whenever I think I know 
anything. I have learned that the stories 
you construct about yourself are probably 
only fantasies. I have grown up a little: I 
pay the rent on time, get up at six-thirty, 
and limit my use of the word like. I have 
learned that beyond theVan Wickle Gates 
lies another series of decisions that plague 
you until you make one. And as long as 
you hold on to your sense of humor, 
everything is pretty okay. O^ 

Allison Gaines of Brooklyn. New'^'ork. iioir 
works tor Entertainment Weekly. 



72 ♦ JULY 1997 



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